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Dobbies closure of Fife store leaves 27 jobs at risk

Dobbies Garden Centre in Dalgety Bay is to close next month. It leaves question marks over the future of its 27 employees.

The store has traded from the current premises for more than 25 years.
 
Staff at the store, found out on Monday the intention to close the outlet at an unspecified date in February.
 
One employee said the news had come “out of the blue and with no warning”.
 
They added: “Staff were in complete shock when told.
 
“We’ve already had a lot of customers in expressing their disappointment too.”
 
The company said it was going through a period of consultation with staff. Dobbies could not comment further on whether jobs would go.
 
This comes months after the Dobbies lodged a planning application with Fife Council. That detailed ambitious expansion proposals for its store in Dunfermline .
 
A spokesman for Dobbies said: “The closure is in line with Dobbies strategic growth plan. It focuses on building a destination garden centre business.
 
“Our store in Dunfermline is one of our larger centres. Customers there can enjoy a wide range of products and services.
 
“The store in Dalgety Bay will close during February 2020.”
 
Councillor Dave Dempsey said the closure was a reflection of shopping habits. He also mentioned the manner in which retail operation is changing in the UK.
 
He said: “As with any closure such as this, my first thoughts are for the employees. I hope the company do all it can to find alternative employment for them.
 
“I’ll now be monitoring the situation in the hope that we can find a new retailer or alternative use for the site.”

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