Another slice of bad news for Kirkcaldy

Pizza Hut set to leave Kirkcaldy
Pizza Hut set to leave Kirkcaldy

ONE of the biggest brand names in food is set to close its doors in Kirkcaldy - while yet another business will disappear from the High Street

Restaurant giant Pizza Hut is closing its branch at Fife Central Retail Park next month whilst ‘closing down’ signs have appeared in the windows of Shoe Zone.

Despite attempts to contact the store Shoe Zone were unavailable for comment, and could not confirm if the closure would lead to job losses.

David Torrance MSP described the closure as “extremely disappointing”.

He said: “It’s a real shame that another store is to close on the High Street. It’s yet another blow.”

But it’s the closure of Pizza Hut that is sure to cause the bigger shock waves, coming as it does just months after another retail icon HMV closed in the Mercat.

A spokesman for Pizza Hut said the closure had come after a review of all their stores.

He said: “We continually evaluate the location of our restaurants to ensure they are in the best possible areas to meet consumer demand and can confirm that the Pizza Hut on the Fife Central Retail Park, will close on June 15.

“We have another popular restaurant located in Dunfermline so we will still have a strong presence in the area and we are confident our customers will continue to visit us.

“We are making every effort to find our members of staff jobs at other restaurants.”

Mr Torrance said: “It’s a real shock that such an icon of the food industry has become another casualty due to the economic climate.

“It just shows how hard it is for businesses to keep trading in Kirkcaldy, whether it’s a big name like Pizza Hut or a local trader.

“If Pizza Hut are struggling then it’s another example of how dire times are in the local economy.”

The retail park is owned by property group Hammerson who expressed disappointment but said it was an opportunity for another business to occupy the space left by Pizza Hut’s departure.

A spokesman said: “We have retailers passing through our portfolio all the time, this isn’t unusual.

“Whilst it is disappointing to see someone leave it provides us with an opportunity to have another company take over the property.

“It’s certainly not all doom and gloom.”