What future for Glenrothes Homebase employees?

Homebase in Glenrothes
Homebase in Glenrothes
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Employees at Homebase in Glenrothes face an uncertain future after the company confirmed it is to close a quarter of its UK outlets.

Home Retail Group (HRG), which owns the DIY retailer and Argos, announced it is to close 80 of its 323 Homebase stores by 2018 with 30 outlets due to close by the end of this financial year.

The Kirkcaldy store situated in the Fife Retail Park closed in July with the loss of 30 jobs, leaving Glenrothes, along with Dunfermline, the last remaining Homebase outlets in Fife.

John Walden, chief executive of Home Retail, said British households were increasingly looking for outside help with housing projects, coupled with the fact that there was a “rise of a generation less skilled in DIY projects”.

A spokesman for Homebase refused to comment on the future of the Glenrothes store but told the Gazette: “Home Retail Group has announced a three-year plan for Homebase to revitalise the business for the future.

“Part of the plan will be to right-size the store estate through scheduled lease expiries and a series of sales to other retailers.

“Once they are identified, our colleagues will be the first to be informed about any of the affected stores and where possible we will redeploy colleagues to other stores within the group, or encourage retailers buying our leases to offer roles within their businesses locally”.

The announcement adds to the 334 jobs elsewhere that will be lost in the coming months.

Velux announced a fortnight ago that it is to shed 180 jobs in Glenrothes, while 100 police officers and civilian staff are to go following the closure of the Glenrothes control room, and the town’s tax office is also to close with the loss of 54 jobs.