DIY giant Homebase confirms date for quitting Kirkcaldy

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Homebase has confirmed it will close the doors at its Kirkcaldy store for good next month - a year after announcing its intention to quit town.

Around 30 members of staff, who complained they had been “left in the dark” over the company’s delayed departure, were informed of the decision to close on August 29 by management earlier this week.

The Press understands a closing down sale will commence on Monday, July 13.

Homebase would not confirm how many people worked at the store currently or how many would be made redundant.

A spokesman said: “Discussions are being held with colleagues to find alternative employment.”

The DIY giant, which announced it was quitting Fife Retail Park in June last year, intended to transfer the remaining seven years of its 25 year lease to CDS Superstores International Ltd, otherwise known as The Range.

The new mid-price homeware store was expected to move in by December 2014.

However, a behind-the-scenes dispute between Homebase and landlords Hammersons (Kirkcaldy) Ltd - which protested it could not approve the proposed takeover without more information - led to both parties fighting it out in
court.

Lord Tyre found in favour of the landlord in a Court of Session tribunal.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Homebase refused to reveal whether The Range was taking over the site.

In May, a source close to Homebase said staff had been “desperate” for answers but management failed to inform shop-floor workers about the dispute from day one.

He said: “Two of these court cases had taken place before staff had even been made aware of a problem with the closure.

“This was only communicated after staff members found the details of the case online.”

He added: “Our lives have been put on hold for over a year now.”