Locals fume as major fashion retailer closes half its stores in blow to high street

LOCAL was left fuming after a large Fashion retailer announced that it will permanently close half of its stores.

Wilkies will officially close some stores once its parent company goes live.

The Wilkies store in Kirkcaldy is one of the permanently closed stores

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The Wilkies store in Kirkcaldy is one of the permanently closed storesCredit: GOOGLE MAPS

The family-run retailer has 11 stores across Scotland and five will close in the coming months.

Wilkies Limited appointed administrators from Interpath Advisory on Wednesday after experiencing financial difficulties.

The company faces challenging trading conditions as energy and labor costs skyrocket amid a cost-of-living crisis.

And sales have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels in some of its locations, meaning it faces significant losses.

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Six of the company’s 11 stores have now been sold to a new company, Wilkies Trading Limited.

Stores in Largs, Castle Douglas, Peebles, Perth, Ballater and Helensburgh were saved in the sale along with 55 jobs.

But branches in Edinburgh, North Berwick, Hamilton, Falkirk and Kirkcaldy will all close in the coming months.

Locals in the Kirkcaldy town of Fife took to social media after hearing the news.

Many were furious at the decision, with some calling it “another nail in the coffin” as the high street took another blow.

Posting on Facebook, one person said: “This is sad news, we regularly stop by the store and have bought some things there. Add a nail to the coffin of Kirkcaldy street! Council should be bad tiger!”

Another added: “Another blow to what was once a bustling high street with loads of options. The landscape and shopping behavior change with the fact that the high street is like a town. ghost killed Kirkcaldy.”

Another wrote: “NO!!!! This is horrible news! I use Wilkies and will miss it so much! I’m so sad this happened”.

A fourth person posted: “Sadly, not just for our High Street but a thought for the employees who will now be out of work.”

And the fifth man chimed in: “Oh no!! We’ll have nothing left on the High Street. Sorry for the staff!!”

Karen Forret, chief executive officer of Wilkies, said the company was “proud” to have saved at least half of the stores.

And she recognized the value of maintaining stores on High Street.

Based on Fife today“We’re proud to keep the Wilkies brand alive and save as many jobs as possible,” says Karen.

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“The rate of doing business in Scotland is almost 75% higher than anywhere else in the UK, but we believe our High Streets still have a lot to offer and are vital to the community and to the platform. our economy.

“We are very much looking forward to continuing to push this great Scottish brand forward and open its doors to customers on the Main Streets of Largs, Castle Douglas, Peebles, Perth, Ballater and Helensburgh.”

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Russell Falcon

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