Kirkcaldy town centre: Argos goes, Tolbooth St set for a shake-up

Argos is pulling out of Kirkcaldy High Street
Argos is pulling out of Kirkcaldy High Street

Kirkcaldy’s Tolbooth Street will undergo a change of face with two of its most prominent businesses vacating.

And Argos confirmed this week it is quitting the High Street.

I don’t think Fife Council are particularly supportive of small businesses

Carroll Haxton

Red Bar and Kitchen closed its doors for the last time on Monday whilst Migele Experience is set to move back to its former site on Whytehouse Avenue.

Carroll Haxton, the owner of Red, said it had been a difficult decision to make, but had decided to retire. “We worked very hard through what was a particularly hard six years,” she said.

“In our first year, they dug up Tolbooth Street, then they dug up the High Street then they took away the car park. I don’t think Fife Council are particularly supportive of small businesses.

“We haven’t taken this decision lightly. Unfortunately six of our staff have lost their jobs which was really hard, but basically we’ve made this decision because of age.

“We work a lot of hours and we just want to get a bit of our lives back.”

Dom Panetta, owner of Migele Experience, said his decision to move his hairdressing salon was based on “common sense”.

“We tried to sell the other salon on Whytehouse Avenue but have had no interest in three years,” he said.

‘‘And to be honest at the current salon I’ve got more room than I need.

“I’m expecting to have moved by May and at the moment it looks very likely that there will be a new owner moving into the premises.

“We’re really looking forward to it.

‘‘It will have a different feel than we have just now - we’re re-inventing ourselves.”

Elsewhere in the town centre Argos confirmed that it will close on Saturday, May 30 when the store reaches the end of its lease, but the store at the retail park is to remain.

A spokesman said: “We are in a consultation period with store employees to identify alternative employment at other Argos stores in the area and within Home Retail Group.

Meanwhile other big players on the High Street moved to quash social media rumours linking them with closure.

Spokesmen for Boots, Debenhams and British Home Stores all told the Press that they have no plans to quit town.