What next for Kirkcaldy’s empty Homebase store?

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The doors are set to close for good on Kirkcaldy’s Homebase store on Saturday - but the unit’s future is still far from clear.

Despite closing its business at Fife Central retail park, the Press understands the DIY giant still has six years to run on a 25-year lease agreement.

However, the company refuses to comment on the matter.

Homebase, which announced it was quitting Kirkcaldy in June last year, originally intended to transfer the remaining years of its lease to CDS Superstores International Ltd, otherwise known as The Range.

The new mid-price homeware store was expected to move in by December 2014.

However, a behind-the-scenes dispute between Homebase and landlords, Hammersons (Kirkcaldy) Ltd - which protested it could not approve the proposed takeover without more information - led to both parties fighting it out in
court.

Lord Tyre found in favour of the landlord in a Court of Session tribunal earlier this year.

In July, Homebase refused to confirm how many staff were employed at the Kirkcaldy store - which the Press understands was around 30 people - or how many would be made redundant by the closure plans.

A spokesman said: “Discussions are being held with colleagues to find alternative employment.”