KIRKCALDY High Street will be left with another empty unit come Monday, after one of the town’s busiest fast food chains will quit the town centre this weekend.
McDonald’s, towards the High Street’s east end, will be shutting up shop on Sunday, after more than 20 years of trading from the centre of town.
Only a week after Kirkcaldy celebrated a new-look town centre, the fast-food-chain will be leaving a huge empty unit behind, blaming the current economic climate for the move.
Sean Docherty, operations manager in Kirkcaldy, told the Press the closure on Sunday will be low key. He said: “I think we will be closing around lunch time, and it will be really as low key as possible - a lot of us are pretty sad it’s going. But the staff are all quite happy they have a guaranteed job, and some are now closer to home so that’s quite good.
“We are still going to have restaurants open at the retail park and in Asda in Kirkcaldy, and hopefully we will be able to provide a decent experience.”
Franchisee Jimmy Patrick told the Press the decision to close the restaurant had not been taken lightly, and the move is partly to do with trading patterns in the town “changing significantly” since McDonald’s had first opened on the High Street in 1988.
Although there will be no job losses, with all staff offered positions elsewhere in the company, it has come as a huge blow to town centre promoters Kirkcaldy4All, who warned shoppers earlier this month to ‘use it or lose it’ when it comes to High Street shopping. Bosses are now hoping the newly refurbished High Street may help with the challenge of attracting new stores to the centre of town.