No more Room in the west

4011101 SSFF room 2 'L - R: Jackie Johnson, Kim Preston (violunteer), Avril Crossley - outside the new premised of Room 2, High Street, Kirkcaldy
4011101 SSFF room 2 'L - R: Jackie Johnson, Kim Preston (violunteer), Avril Crossley - outside the new premised of Room 2, High Street, Kirkcaldy
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A KIRKCALDY social enterprise is being forced to move premises.

Room2 at the west end of the town’s High Street will be re-locating to new premises in the east end after the team was given two months notice to vacate its current premises.

The news came as a shock to those running the social enterprise, which began last October and aims to recycle and re-use furniture and electrical goods while providing training opportunities for young people as a step into employment.

Jackie Johnson, a manager with Room2, explained: “We’re moving to the former World of Furniture shop at the other end of the High Street, opposite the Indoor Market.

“Our landlord has signed a lease with a retailer.

“We don’t have the money to compete with a retailer paying full rates so we’ve been told to get out.

Shock move

“It’s been tough as we thought we had at least three years here, but now we’ve been asked to leave after just the one.”

“It came as a shock, especially as the business side is going so well in that we’re giving people good quality furniture at low cost,” said fellow manager, Avril Crossley.

“Last year when we moved in we did a lot of work and got things sorted as the place was a mess.

‘‘A lot of effort and volunteer hours, as well as money, went into it and now we’ve got to do things again.

“It’s a shame because it means we’re not able to spend this money on the people we’re working with, but we’ve been very lucky to still have a High Street store.”

The shop at the west end will close for the last time on Saturday and Room2 will open at 251-255 High Street on Monday, October 10.

Celebrations

On the opening day a range of celebrations are planned including face painting, free tea and coffee, and a 10 per cent discount offer.

Jackie said: “We had a flood in July and then another smaller one at the beginning of August and people were brilliant and forthcoming with donations, which we’d like to thank them for.

Avril added: “We’re still looking for donations and we’re looking forward to the future in the new shop and hoping for another successful year.”