Kirkcaldy’s town centre is set for a major boost with plans for new shops and businesses to open in and around the High Street.
A number of new lettings have been announced in the Mercat Shopping Centre and a big name has confirmed its intention to stay on the High Street.
Simon Usher, asset manager at LaSalle Investment Management - which owns the Mercat - told the Press the new stores are set to include a well-known sports fashion company as well as brand retailers selling ladies and men’s fashion.
He said: “We are very pleased to announce a number of new lettings including JD Sports, Blue Inc, Krush and West Coast, which will all be opening new stores in the Mercat over the coming months.
“These lettings will significantly enhance the fashion offer available and complement the existing offer available from stores such as M&S, TK Maxx, BHS, Sphere & Turret and Peacocks.”
He added: “The Mercat Centre is an important part of the town and these improvements aim to attract new shoppers and retailers.”
Meanwhile, in the High Street outside the Mercat - opposite the centre entrance - there are plans for a new coffee shop in the unit previously occupied by Miss Maude’s cafe.
The new signage at the ‘Why Not’ coffee shop suggests it will offer refreshments as well as meals including breakfasts.
Work is also under way in the outlet previously occupied by the Chicken Shop in the town’s east end and it is believed the vacant McDonald’s premises have also been sold.
The Get Stuffed cafe, also based in the east end, is under new management. It has been taken over by Stuart Edwards who will run the business with help from his family.
Meanwhile, Next has confirmed it will not be closing its High Street store. The move follows concerns about the future of the shop after the company announced the expansion of its outlet at Fife Central Retail Park.
But a spokesman for Next told the Press yesterday (Wednesday) that not only will it be keeping both stores open, but the retail park store expansion will create 85 jobs.
Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy’s Business Improvement District (BID) company Kirkcaldy4All, said: “With the current shops opening in and around the town centre, hopefully vacancy rates will continue to fall in Kirkcaldy resulting in the town centre becoming an even better destination for visitors and shoppers alike.”