Published date : 12 Feb 2018



Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth has written to the CEO of Dunnes Stores, Margaret Heffernan, regarding the company’s announcement on Friday that the Glenrothes branch is set to close.


The town’s MSP has previously spoken out about the Kingdom Centre’s owners, Mars Pensions Trustees, and the apparent indifference shown towards the numerous empty shop fronts in the town centre. Dunnes is the largest unit in the Kingdom Centre. Commenting in her letter to Margaret Heffernan the MSP said:


‘The closure of the store will lead to job loses in an area which direly needs more employment. 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 MSP recently wrote to town centre owners, Mars Pensions, inviting them to the town centre to discuss its future. Gilruth has repeatedly made public her concern for the town centre, particularly given the importance of 2018 as the town’s 70th Birthday and as the Year of Young People. In the letter she states:


‘On our 70th Birthday we need businesses who are committed to Glenrothes. Dunnes is walking away from a community which badly needs these jobs. I urge you to reconsider this decision’.



Jenny Gilruth MSP has invited Scottish Government Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, to meet with her and local businesses in the Kingdom Centre next month to discuss how the Government might support regeneration in the town centre. The MSP has also secured a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism, Fiona Hyslop MSP, to further discuss how the Scottish Government might help to commemorate the town’s significant anniversary. 




Notes: Please find attached Jenny’s letter to Dunnes CEO Margaret Heffernan.

Local Reporters, East Fife Mail, Glenrothes Gazette, St Andrews Citizen, Courier (Fife), HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE, COMMUNITY, LOCAL BUSINESS
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