Three more shops close in town centre

Ashtins on Hunter Street has now closed. Photo by Walter Neilson

Ashtins on Hunter Street has now closed. Photo by Walter Neilson

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Kirkcaldy’s town centre has been dealt another blow as three businesses have closed down, including the popular Cuppa Coffee House.

Ashtins on Hunter Street and The Great American Diner on the High Street have both shut their doors for the final time, with Cuppa Coffee set to follow within a fortnight.

Kirkcaldy'empty shop in high street, formerly Great American Diner'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Kirkcaldy'empty shop in high street, formerly Great American Diner'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

And the High Street will have yet another empty unit when Shoe Zone closes this weekend as it prepares to move into the Mercat.

Cuppa Coffee owner George Kaplanski said that the shop “turned out not to be a sustainable business” and will close in the next two weeks.

“It was very busy at certain times of the day but there wasn’t enough custom to make it last.

“There was a lot going on, and I poured my heart and soul into it but you need to know when to toe the line.”

Cuppa Coffee on Kirkcaldy High Street, which is  set to close.  Photo by Walter Neilson

Cuppa Coffee on Kirkcaldy High Street, which is set to close. Photo by Walter Neilson

Mr Kaplanski confirmed that the business folding would have to lead to job losses.

Bill Harvey from Kirkcaldy 4 All said that the closures were indicative of the harsh economic times faced by businesses.

“I’m very disappointed to see these stores leaving the town centre but it just shows the difficult conditions they are facing.

“There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes by ourselves, Fife Council and Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions to try and help new businesses to start up and thrive in our town centre, but it is challenging.”

Shoe Zone is set to move from the High Street to the Mercat. Pic by Walter Neilson

Shoe Zone is set to move from the High Street to the Mercat. Pic by Walter Neilson

Ashtins, which sold luxury products aimed at the “pampering” market and has other outlets in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has finally closed up its Kirkcaldy shop which had moved from the Mercat, then to the High Street, before ending up in Hunter Street.

The Great American Diner was opened at the end of last year by Kirkcaldy couple Gordon and Kathleen Leitchman who had teamed up with American husband and wife Jason and Jeannie Mahone to open the business after a chance meeting on holiday.

A sign in the window reads: “The Great American Diner Ltd has stopped trading. Thank you to all our customers”.

A spokesman for Shoe Zone confirmed the shop is to close this week but is in the process of negotiating a lease for a new unit in the Mercat.

They added: “Unfortunately they have not been able to complete this deal in time for the opening of the new store to coincide with the closure of the current one.”