Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Dunnes Stores has moral obligation not to quit Glenrothes, says MSP

The Dunnes Stores in Glenrothes.
The Dunnes Stores in Glenrothes.

One of Glenrothes’ biggest stores has a moral obligation not to abandon the town, it has been claimed.

Local MSP Jenny Gilruth says that the announcement by Dunnes Stores to close its Kingdom Centre outlet will be a hammer blow to a town that has already experienced heavy job losses in recent years.

She has written to the CEO of the Irish-based department store operator, calling for the firm to reconsider its shock decision.

Given Dunnes anchor position within the Kingdom Centre, Ms Gilruth also warned that the closure could impact negatively on the public’s perception of the wider town centre area.

“The closure of the store will lead to job loses in an area which direly needs more employment,” she said in her letter.

“In addition to this, there will also be a huge symbolism attached to closing the town centre’s largest unit.

“The week before you announced your closure, it was reported that 30% of children in Glenrothes live in poverty.

“I truly believe that businesses like Dunnes have a social responsibility to the communities they serve.”

The news of Dunnes’ closure is just the latest jobs blow to hit the town in recent years, following the high-profile closure of Tullis Russell and large number of redundancies at Velux.

Earlier this month, Ms Gilruth invited the owners of the Kingdom Centre, Mars Pension Trustees, to visit Glenrothes following claims that some tenants within the mall had not been contacted by the group since it took over in 2013.

Claiming that Mars has shown indifference to the Kingdom Centre and its numerous empty units, Ms Gilruth hopes that a face-to-face meeting could address the concerns of some traders.

In her letter to Dunnes CEO Margaret Heffernan, the MSP has attempted to prevent another blow to the town and called on the company to show its commitment to Glenrothes having traded successfully for 15 years.

“On our 70th Birthday we need businesses who are committed to Glenrothes,” she added.

“Dunnes is walking away from a community which badly needs these jobs.

“I urge you to reconsider this decision.”

It is thought that around 20 jobs will be lost by the closure of Dunnes, with a sign stating that its last day of trading will be on Saturday March 3.

The company will also close its remaining Scottish outlets in Glasgow’s Parkhead and Cumbernauld.

Already a subscriber? Sign in