Changing times in Kingdom Centre

Lilion Sloan outside the pop up shop
Lilion Sloan outside the pop up shop
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The popular dining area situated in Kingdom Shopping centre’s Lyon Square is preparing to reopen as Cafe Aroma.

The business has lain empty since the turn of the year after previous owners Pentland Foods Ltd decided not to renew the lease after 15 years of trading in the town.

But now the Glenrothes shopping mall’s management have confirmed that an, as yet unnamed new tenant, has been found with plans to use all of the considerable dining area space with an opening date expected in time for the annual Christmas lights switch-on in November.

However the news of a new business moving in was tempered with the confirmation that Pound Stretcher, also situated in Lyon Square, will cease trading at the former Trend Furniture store on November 8.

A spokesman for the company said the lease was not being renewed now that a new 25,000 square foot store at the Saltire Centre in Glenrothes had opened and that e eight Lyon Square employees would be relocated at the new premises.

In other developments, fashion retailer Westcoast, situated in Unicorn way, opened its doors to shoppers for the first time on Saturday while work continues in the former Adams shop unit as outdoor clothing specialists Trespass prepare to open in November.

And in one of the more unusual and interesting ventures, Glenrothes Art Club is currently putting the finishing touches to its ‘pop-up’ shop which is to appear in the centre for one week only between November 2 - 9.

The temporary store will exhibit artists’ paintings and craft work, as well as have the club’s 2015 calendar and a range of other items for sale.

Lilian Sloan, club resident said “With free admission and free taster sessions, shoppers will find the Art Club “Pop-Up” shop a welcome addition to their visit to the Kingdom Centre.

The shop will be situated in Lyon Way in the former Dorothy Perkins store and open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

“Christmas shopping is now underway, and this is an ideal chance to pick up some unique gifts, or something special for the home. A feature of the shop will be artists at work and also the opportunity for visitors to try painting and making craft items,” added Lilian.