adidas beckenbauer brown Kilmarnock town centre suffers another big name loss as shoe retailer Clarks closes
Kilmarnock town centre suffers another big name loss as shoe retailer Clarks closesClarks almost closed back in October 2012, when its lease ran out, but it was given a last minute reprieve after talks between the store and its landlord, which resulted in a new deal being struck, safeguarding, at the time, the jobs of eight full and part time staff.10:04, 26 OCT 2017Clarks at The Cross in Kilmarnock has closed
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Kilmarnock town centre suffered a blow this week with the closure of quality footwear retailer Clarks.
Staff at the Kilmarnock shop are being ‘made aware of vacancies’ in nearby shops, according to a company spokesperson.
The spokesman for the company added: “Clarks continually reviews all its stores to ensure that they are the right size and located in the right locations in order to provide the best possible offering and environment on the high street to its customers.
“As a result, we have decided not to continue the lease on our store in Kilmarnock and the store has now closed.
“We have a strong duty of care to our employees and are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on colleagues in Kilmarnock, including ensuring that they were made aware of vacancies in nearby Clarks stores.”
Clarks almost closed back in October 2012, when its lease ran out, but it was given a last minute reprieve after talks between the store and its landlord,
which resulted in a new deal being struck, safeguarding, at the time, the jobs of eight full and part time staff.
One Kilmarnock shopper said this week: “It is really sad to see a store of such quality leave Kilmarnock. It is something of an institution, with many of us choosing to shop there for our children’s first pair of shoes.
“It was a brand you could trust. I’ve no doubt it will be missed by shoppers here.”
As Clarks closes for good, a new business looks set to open, just yards away. A planning application has been lodged for 23 Portland Gate, just next door to the Standard office, for a new restaurant and coffee shop.
The applicant, Abdul Rauf, is applying to East Ayrshire Council for a change of use from vacant unit to form the new business, which would also include a hot food takeaway, and a new shop frontage.
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