Leven High Street hit by closures

Leven High Street was dealt a major blow this week with the owners of one of its oldest shops revealing it is moving off the town centre’s main shopping street.

Masterton watchmaker and jewellers first opened in its prime spot in the middle of the town centre in 1901, but now is closing its doors for the final time to move to a cheaper location.

Masterton, Leven High Street

Masterton, Leven High Street

Doreen Kabamba, daughter of owner Gordon Pairman, told the Mail the family -run business would re-open elsewhere in Leven but admitted running costs and reduced footfall on the street were behind the move.

“It’s going to be a smaller shop and the workshop will be kept on,” Doreen said.

“I can’t say exactly at the moment where we are going to be but it will be in Leven.

“The overheads with the amount of people coming in has just made it too expensive over the past few years.

“It would be nice to keep it going but we just thought if we kept trying we might have to force a complete shut down and then we would lose our staff and this was the alternative idea – that we just have to downsize and sell the building and move on.”

Adding to the High Street’s woes, the Mail also understands clothing retailer M&Co is to close by the end of the year.

A for sale sign is up on the outside of the shop which employs six people> However, an M&Co spokesman refused to confirm the closure despite it being widely ackowledged in the town.

He said: “At present the M&Co Leven store continues to trade normally and we are unable to give any further comment.”

A third retailer, beautician The Pampering Pot, on nearby Bridge Street, closed on Saturday.