ONE of the best known names on the High Street has re-opened one of its premises - nearly five months after its shock closure.
The shutters went back up at Carlton in the Mercat on Monday morning in a move which has been warmly welcomed by the Fife bakery chain’s owner and its customers.
Graeme Simpson told The Press he was delighted to re-open the shop this week: “The Mercat has changed hands and we have been in touch with the new management ever since the Carlton closed.
‘‘The new owners are really happy to see us back in the Mercat and they have been very supportive,”
Mr Simpson said. ‘‘They were very keen to have us back in again and offered us a package to get us back into the unit.
‘’As a result we were delighted to be able to re-open in the Mercat once again.
‘‘We were able to get in contact with quite a number of our staff and get them back into their positions so we have the well-known faces back in the shop.
‘‘We have a team of five full and part-time staff employed there.
‘‘Our regular customers have been very supportive, particularly over the last few months and we are really pleased to see them back.”
This week’s surprise re-opening came after Carlton brought the shutters down on its Mercat premises along with Miss Maude’s cafe in June as well as its shops in the Kingdom Centre in Glenrothes.
But the move did not affect its five other shops in Kirkcaldy and also in Leven; Cadham, Glenrothes and Markinch.
These outlets kept the Carlton name but were taken over by Glenrothes-based food product manufacturer, William Mcmillan Ltd.
The Mercat outlet is the only one which has been re-opened, but the owner of the popular bakery chain feels it’s important to show the town centre is still open for business: “These are difficult times for local businesses and we need customers to support us and help the town centre to thrive. We need to get people to think about their town centre again and to shop there instead of going out of town.”
He added: “It is challenging times, but the hard work from our staff is paying off.”