After 112 years of being at the heart of Leven’s town centre, Masterton watchmaker and jewellers is leaving Leven High Street.
Rumours have been flying around the town about the future of the shop, which was originally opened by George Masterton in 1901, but the Mail spoke with the shop’s Doreen Kabamba, daughter of owner Gordon Pairman, who confirmed the business is just planning on moving premises and is not closing down.
Leaving what has been a home from home, Doreen admits it is difficult for her.
Mr Pairman bought the shop around 50 years ago when Mr Masterton was looking to retire. Her father was already manager of the shop at that time.
She said: “It’s very sad. It’s not just the memories but the whole of the inside was fitted out by my father who made all the cabinets and everything with the manager at the time Bill Roy.
“It’s not a modern place, everything tends to be a bit old-fashioned but everything was built by hand.”
With Masterton leaving another hole in the High Street Doreen admits she does have some concerns over the street’s future .
She added: “It’s good that new shops are getting a helping hand to take over empty shops but there is not really anything to help existing businesses that will end up closing because the overheads are so high.
“Leven is still quite a nice High Street in that it has good quality butchers and grocers. If you go to Kirkcaldy there is none of that.”
A sale has been put on in the shop in preparation for the move with the aim of selling as much stock as possible.
It is hoped the existing shop will only be shut for a couple of days before the new one opens.
Meanwhile Lynn Bell, owner of Bridge Street beautician The Pampering Pot, which closed on Saturday, said she thinks Leven is “dead”. She explained the price of water rates had hurt her business, but so to did reduced footfall in the town centre. “Places like Sainsbury’s and Aldi can sell stuff cheaper so you’re not going to go up the High Street I don’t think,” she said. “It’s pretty hard after I have been there for nine years, but obviously it’s not just me – other businesses are affected too. “There is most definitely fewer people on the High Street now.”