Retailers call for help after owners go bust

St Ninian's Charity director, Ralph Dean outside their shop in the Glenwood Centre
St Ninian's Charity director, Ralph Dean outside their shop in the Glenwood Centre

Residents, shop owners and landlords in the Glenwood Centre have thrown their weight behind renewed calls for the area to be regenerated, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

The Gazette understands the company who own the centre, Glacy and Light have now gone into liquidation with administrative affairs being conducted Edinburgh based firm, Begbies Traynor Ltd.

Crumbling steps, just one of many problems at the Glenwood Centre

Crumbling steps, just one of many problems at the Glenwood Centre

Council officials met last week to discuss the current situation and there is now a growing urgency from traders for Fife Council to intervene.

Ralph Dean, Director of the St Ninians charity that currently rent the property for the charity shop and community cafe said: “We are well aware of the problems and the appalling condition of the centre we have been discussing the possibility of the shop owners coming together and forming a plan of action.”

Mr Iqbal, whose family have been involved in the Glenwood Centre for more than 25 year with the Jasmine Restaurant and Bottle Shop is clearly frustrated by the lack clarity from all involved.

He said: “I recently applied to purchase two more retail units from the centre’s owners for a sandwich shop and a hardware store but the deal fell through.

“I enquired about getting help from Fife Council with extra lighting and general maintenance of the immediate area but council officials said they couldn’t help.

“Now that the centre’s owners have gone bust, we need the council to get involved and help kick start new businesses in the area and show some support.”

Landlord, Mr Singh, owner of eight flats in the immediate area said Glenwood needed ‘urgent attention’ and added: “It’s obvious that there has been little or no investment in the area for years.”

Those responsible for the centre were unavailable comment as the Gazette went to press.

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