KIRKCALDY town centre bosses are telling residents to ‘use it or lose it’, as one of the town’s biggest food chains is set to leave the High Street, blaming the current economic climate for its closure.
McDonald’s will close its doors on November 6, leaving a huge empty unit on the High Street just a week after the official re-opening of the new-look pedestrianised zone.
And despite no job losses, with all of the staff being transferred to other premises, the closure will be a huge blow to Kirkcaldy town centre.
Franchisee Jimmy Patrick told the Press the decision to close the store which has been on the High Street for 23 years was not taken lightly.
He said: “It has become apparent that trading patterns in Kirkcaldy have changed significantly.
‘‘It is essential that we continue to have the right restaurants in the right places to ensure we stay relevant and convenient for our customers
‘‘Our two other restaurants, located within Asda at Michelston Industrial Estate and our Drive Thru at Fife Retail Park are serving more local customers than ever before.
“I would like to thank all of our customers who have supported the restaurant over the years and also to all of my staff and former colleagues. Our teams look forward to continuing to provide a great customer experience at our other restaurants in Kirkcaldy.”
Mr Patrick confirmed that all of the staff in the High Street McDonald’s are being offered transfers to other restaurants.
Bill Harvey, co-ordinator at Kirkcaldy4All, the organisation promoting town centre economy, said it was disappointed by the news, and gave a stark warning about the future of the High Street. He told the Press: “We are disappointed to see an established family restaurant closing.
“Unfortunately it is indicative of just how hard it is for the retailers on the High Street.
‘‘With the way the recession is just now if the people of Kirkcaldy don’t start using the High Street we will lose more businesses.”
The closure is the latest of a batch of recent blows to the town centre, including the closure of the Next childrenswear shop and Bar Itza, on the High Street’s west end.