BREAKING NEWS: Tesco to close Kirkcaldy store

Tesco, Kirkcaldy
Tesco, Kirkcaldy

Tesco has confirmed its Kirkcaldy store will CLOSE in a matter of weeks.

The doors to the Hunter Street supermarket will shut for the last time on April 4.

The shutters were pulled down this morning to give staff the devastating news.

Shoppers were left to mill outside while the briefing went well past its original 10.30 a.m. schedule.

The closure is part of a major review of its operations across the UK, but it will be a hammer blow to the town centre - it’s the single biggest retail closure to hit Kirkcaldy in many years.

The site has been a supermarket for over 40 years, operating under the old name of William Low before Tesco took over.

Dave Lewis, chief executive, said: “Earlier this month I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores.

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Kirkcaldy Superstore is one of the 43 we plan to close.

“The decision to close the store has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and the local community.

“Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

“I would like to thank all our customers who have shopped in our store.”

>> Full analysis and reaction in Thursday’s Fife Free Press and online.

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