Lesley Laird MP has expressed “disappointment and shock” at the decision by Marks and Spencer to close its Kirkcaldy High Street store early next year.
The decision, which M&S said formed part of its store transformation programme, was announced today (Wednesday) after staff were informed.
Lesley said: “I am extremely disappointed and shocked at this announcement, particularly given that when planning consent for the Marks and Spencer food hall at the Retail Park was granted just a few years ago, assurances were made by M&S that planning consent would not have consequences for the town centre store.
She added: “Given those assurances, I’ve contacted the company this morning asking to meet urgently with senior management to better understand the decision to now renege on that original commitment made to the community.
“I have also spoken to the joint leader of Fife Council (Cllr David Ross) and know that he would equally wish to engage in that meeting.”
A spokesperson for M&S said the closure decision followed an “examination of all relevant commercial and financial information relating to the store’s current performance and future potential.”
He added: “We expect the store to close early next year, however, all colleagues currently working at the store will be offered redeployment to other stores, including a new M&S Foodhall which will open in Glenrothes to coincide with the closure of the Kirkcaldy store.”
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