Published: 19/07/2012 02:00 - Updated: 18/07/2012 15:35

Another Inverness store bites the dust

Written byby Laurence Ford on Inverness High Street, which will soon be closing. on Inverness High Street, which will soon be closing.

ANOTHER long established High Street store in Inverness city centre is to close.

Management of have confirmed that the outlet will shut its doors next month.

The loss of the prime shopping frontage will mean another gap in the rapidly diminishing number of stores in the city centre where For Let and For Sale signs predominate.

A spokesman for Dixon Retail, who own Currys and PC World gave an assurance that no jobs would be lost by the closure.

He said: "The store in Inverness’ High Street will be closing in August as part of our ongoing store portfolio review.

"The team there has been informed and all colleagues are being relocated to two other Inverness stores nearby – we have Currys and PC World outlets in Telford Street."

Dixons Retail announced in 2008 that it would be closing a number of stores over time, as and when their leases expired.

The Inverness High Street store is part of that gradual five to seven year process which, the firm says, gives them a tighter portfolio moving forward.

They stressed it is not a sudden reaction to the current economic climate, and said the company would be enhancing their ranges in their other Inverness stores to better cater for local customer and business needs.

Inverness BID manager Mike Smith told the Highland News: "Obviously the fact that Currys are closing down in the High Street does show there are restrictive and difficult trading standards and the need for the public to support the city centre if we are to retain a wide retail mix.

"In this particular case they do have other stores in the area, but obviously they are not in the city centre where we would like them to be."

Speaking about the number of gap sites in the centre of the city, Mr Smith added: "We are obviously concerned when we lose any retailer.

"On a national basis Inverness still does very well, but there is a concern that we need to ever increase the number of retailers here and also focus on increasing foot fall.

"We are concerned and this is one of the focuses of BID in our business plan."

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