After months of speculation it has been confirmed that Marks & Spencer is to open a food shop at the Fife Central Retail Park in Kirkcaldy.
The retail chain was granted a licence to sell alcohol at this week’s Fife Licensing Board, bringing to an end months of rumours that it was to open a second outlet in the town.
The new shop, in the unit formerly occupied by Next, which moved several doors along to take up a larger unit, will be a Simply Food outlet.
And assurances have been given that the new opening will not affect the town centre store which is one of the mainstays of Kirkcaldy’s High Street.
The shop will employ 60 people, with a fifth of those filled by existing staff from other M&S stores, including the High Street one.
Welcoming the news, Fife Council leader, Councillor David Ross, whose ward takes in the retail park, said: “This will be a positive addition to the retail park and Kirkcaldy.
“We have met with Marks & Spencer and we have a firm assurance that it won’t affect their presence in the High Street, and that is very important for Kirkcaldy.
“The company sees it as a complementary initiative and we welcome that.”