75 shops that have vanished from Kirkcaldy town centre

Montage of Kirkcaldy town centre shops from yesteryear
Montage of Kirkcaldy town centre shops from yesteryear

The front page of this week’s Fife Free Press has certainly sparked debate.

It has no photo. The roll call of shops which have long vanished from Kirkcaldy town centre is testament to the power of words.

It was created to highlight how our High Street has changed as news broke of BHS’ collapse into administration - a national development with particular poignancy in Kirkcaldy as the town was home to its first Scottish store in 1964.

It is still open. It’s business as normal as the administrators try to find a buyer.

It remains one of the biggest shops in the heart of the town centre’s pedestrianised zone. To see it go would leave behind a vast, empty unit - one the town would find hard to fill given the shift to retail parks.

The collapse of BHS underlines again how our town centres are having to find a new role.

The Press’ front page started a roll call of shops which have disappeared from our town. It now stands at 75 names… and it isn’t finished.

Many of the names are historic, but many are part of the more modern era - the fact none exist today underlines how dramatically things have changed.

So, do you remember ...

1 ABC Cinema

2 Green Cockatoo

3 Co-op

4 Wimpy

5 Burger King

6 Merry-go-round

7 Edwin Donaldson

8 Lawley’s

9 Curry’s

10 HMV

11 Argos

12 Olivers

13 Index

14 Buchanan Shoe Shop

15 Global Video

16 Blockbuster Video

17 Littlewoods

18 Comet

19 Tesco

20 Sharp’s

21 Sleeves

22 Intersport

23 Thomson’s ironmongers

24 Arnott’s

25 Suttie Electrical

26 Beveridge’s Store

27 Wm Low

28 Bruce’s Record Shop

29 Chickenshop

30 Radio Forth shop

31 Frank’s Army Store

32 Mentiplay

33 Drysdale’s

34 Winski

35 Fernie’s

36 Safeway

37 McDonald’s

38 Kestrel Kitchens

39 Barnett & Morton

40 Buchanan Shoe Shop

41 Woolworth

42 Woodward’s

43 AK Melvillle

44 Mothercare

45 Fernie’s

46 Suttie’s Electrical,

47 Sang’s

48 The Early Learning Centre

49 Bargain Books

50 Brown’s Bazaar

51 Presto

52 Goldberg

53 K Shoes

54 Dunn & Co

55 Comet

56 Hepworths

57 Richard Shops

58 Lady at Lord

59 Rutherfords the chemist

60 Cavendish Woodhouse,

61 Constables the jewellers

62 Saxones

63 Skirt n Slack centre

64 Mickeys shoe shop,

65 Victoria Wine

66 Van Allan

67, Supertramp

68 Chelsea Girl

69 Halfords.

70 Dodge City

71 The Jean Store

72 The Turrett

73 Fosters

74 What Every Woman Wants

75 Buzz Clothing

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