Tesco Kirkcaldy: Big turnout heads to public meeting

Tesco Kirkcaldy - announced as closing with 189 jobs at risk. Store closes April 2015
Tesco Kirkcaldy - announced as closing with 189 jobs at risk. Store closes April 2015
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Campaigners fighting to save to save Kirkcaldy’s Tesco superstore expect a big turn out at tonight’s public meeting.

It has been organised by Fife Council and Gordon Brown MP, and takes place in the Town House, starting at 6.00 p.m.

The meeting is open to all residents, business owners and community groups - and the Town House is expected to be packed to hear the latest updates on the campaign to persuade Tesco to at least postpone their April closure timescale.

Since the announcement was made last Wednesday - putting up to 189 jobs at risk - there has been huge activity behind the scenes, and on the streets.

An online petition launched by Councillor Marie Penman has now secured over 4000 supporters and continues to grow.

Staff and campaigners have also been collecting names of support in-store and reported a huge response during their weekend shift outside the store and in the High Street.

The issue has been raised in the Scottish Parliament at First Minister’s Questions, while Mr Brown has held a series of meetings and talks with Tesco and the Post office in a bid to secure a moratorium to give the town time to come up with alternatives to closure.

He will be at the meeting which will be addressed by Councillors David Ross and Neil Crooks, as well as the USDAW union.

Mr Brown, who has spoken directly to Dave Lewis, chief executive of Tesco, has delivered one proposal to safeguard the future of the Kirkcaldy store - and talks are expected to continue this week.

He is also pursuing a guarantee from the Post Office it will remain within the town centre.

It has committed to Kirkcaldy but faces a race against time to find new premises before April’s planned closure.

Mr Brown said: “It’s a last minute attempt to head off a closure only eight weeks away. But we owe it to the staff to try everything in our power. I will not rest or relax until we have exhausted all options.

“After taking to owners, the Post Office, the council and the local traders I’ve ​asked Tesco to look again at its closure.

“I hope ​that after the very public display of rising outrage particularly at the closure of the Post Office ​run by Tesco, they will re-think what is an unprecedented decision to close a store in a town where there are more than 50,000 residents ​but where in future they will have no presence in the area ​with no Tesco store for miles.’’

“After taking to owners, the Post Office, the council and the local traders I’ve put an initiative together that I’ve sent on to Tesco.’’