High Street recruits the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army's trading section is replacing the cut-price clothes outlet.
The Salvation Army's trading section is replacing the cut-price clothes outlet.

THE Salvation Army will be occupying Leven’s High Street from next month.

Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd. (SATCoL) has confirmed it is taking over the former Discount Clothing Store from February 16.

Bosses will begin fitting out the charity shop in the next few days and will be recruiting staff members and volunteers to help run it.

The outlet will sell “quality donated goods at affordable prices, as well as accessories, bric-a-brac and household goods, with profit gift-aided to the Salvation Army to help fund its valuable work throughout the UK, including in many projects in Scotland.”

SATCoL area manager Arlene McKenna added: “We rely heavily on the generosity of our volunteers, who are key members of the team in all our shops.

“There are lots of different jobs that will need doing in the new shop, from working on the till to sorting the donated stock, as well as window dressing and helping customers with their purchases.

“We will advertise any full and part-time jobs on our website www.wear2shop.co.uk and through Jobcentre Plus.”

Meanwhile, Mark Gibb, who ran the Discount Clothing Store until its closure on December 31, has declared his intention to return.

“After three years of trading, we are moving on,” he told the Mail. “I’d like to thank all our loyal customers for the support they’ve shown.

“We will be closed for the winter but I hope to re-open in the town, on a new site, around April.”

Local area committee chair, Councillor David Alexander, admitted Levenmouth faced economic problems but said the area still had a rosy future ahead of it.

“Businesses are interested in coming to Leven and the prospect of more jobs coming from Diageo and the Energy Park, and plans to build around 1500 homes in Buckhaven, will all help,” he said.

Cllr Alexander urged people to keep shopping in Leven and suggested they appeal to retailers directly, through Facebook petitions and campaigns, to encourage businesses to open locally.