New supermarket could move into Kirkcaldy Tesco site

The Kirkcaldy Tesco store will close in April
The Kirkcaldy Tesco store will close in April

A potential new supermarket occupant is engaged in talks to take over Kirkcaldy’s Tesco site.

The news comes after Gordon Brown MP and Fife Council widened the search for new tenants to occupy The Postings in the wake of Tesco’s decision last week to leave on April 5.

Mr Brown revealed yesterday (Wednesday) he had been approached by one leading international supermarket chain which was trying to break into the United Kingdom and asked about the availability of the site and its suitability for their expansion.

Mr Brown also revealed one or two other enquiries had been received from companies interested in taking over the Tesco premises.

At least one firm was well outside the sphere of supermarket operator and was looking for a means to expand in Kirkcaldy town centre.

Mr Brown said it was time to draw up a plan for the long-term wholesale redevelopment of The Postings site to bring new life to the area.

“I, and Fife Council, have been in discussions with the site owners Threadneedle Investments about what might be done,” he said.

“I am very grateful to the council leader David Ross, the Kirkcaldy Chair Neil Crooks and local councillor Kenny Selbie for their forward thinking about what could be done to redevelop the area in partnership with the Council itself and make it more attractive for both residents and for shoppers.

“I will continue to work with all those in Kirkcaldy Ambitions and Kirkcaldy4All which works night and day to revive our High Street.”​

Mr Brown said he was also discussing with the Post Office its continued lease of the site, which Tesco had originally agreed until December, to make sure the Post Office would always remain in the centre of the town.