There’s good news for Kirkcaldy High Street as a new shopping arcade is currently under construction.
Workmen are busy turning the old McDonald’s premises into seven small units which will make up an arcade for independent stores.
Colin Devine, agent at Kirkcaldy’s Graham and Sibbald chartered surveyors, who is acting on behalf of the owner, says the arcade will breath new life back in to the town still reeling from the imminent closure of Tesco.
“There’ll be seven small units which will be attractive to independent business owners.
“Obviously the units will be too small for any of the big name retailers but they will be perfect for the more niche end of the market.”
There has already been some interest and Colin expects that the new arcade will be open soon.
“I’ve already had discussions with potential tenants looking to fix up a lease on flexible terms,” he said.
“Putting a rough estimate on it I think we should see it up and running within three months.
“I think it’s a very positive project for the High Street.”
Bill Harvey of Kirkcaldy 4 All welcomed the choice for shoppers and the chance to invigorate the middle section of the High Street as the building which has stood empty since November 2011 opens once again.
“Any investment into the High Street is welcome,” he said.
“That unit has been empty too long. It’s too nice a building architecturally to stand empty.
“I look forward to seeing this new mix of units giving quality and choice to shoppers.
“It’s going to be good for that part of town also as is has a higher than average amount of empty units at the moment so a new shopping arcade will hopefully attract other businesses to the High Street also.”