There’s a new face on Kirkcaldy High Street – and the locals haven’t been shy in finding out who he is!
“I’ve already had lots of people stopping me asking ‘Who are you?’. I think people are curious because the previous manager was here for so long. But I love to have a chat, it’s all part of the job.”
The man in question is Charlie Chisholm, new manager at Marks and Spencer.
He arrived in the Lang Toun five weeks ago, taking over from Barry Pulham, who is currently on a career break.
Charlie has been with the company for two years, after previously working as a manager at electrical giant Currys.
“It’s quite a change from electricals to clothing and food,” he said.
“But it was such a big attraction to come and work for a company like Marks and Spencer.”
Since then, Charlie has worked as the menswear manager at The Gyle store, as well as spending a short stint as a commercial manager in Perth.
However, this is his first time as a store manager, and he admitted that his new role has taken some getting used to.
“It’s completely different working here, because it’s a totally different style of store”, he said.
“There are lots of different challenges, but it’s good to work in different kinds of stores and to be able to get a different experience from each one.”
And there will certainly be some experiences to be had over the next few weeks.
The festive period is the busiest time of year in retail – and Charlie said Christmas had definitely arrived in Kirkcaldy.
“The next week is probably just going to be crazy! It felt like, last Saturday, Christmas had just arrived.”
However, he added: “The Christmas period is the best time to work in retail.
“A lot of people say to me ‘Oh, you must hate working in retail’, but I absolutely love it. There’s never a dull moment.”
After Christmas, it’s on to spring, and Charlie revealed that Kirkcaldy can expect a fresh look to the store for 2013.
“Last year, we had a big modernisation which did really well, and at the turn of the year, we’re down to get another re-fresh, so that should certainly drive a bit more footfall.
“We have lots to offer in Kirkcaldy and the team we have are very good.”