Gordon Brown holds talks over Kirkcaldy Tesco closure

Tesco, Kirkcaldy The Kirkcaldy store employs 189 people

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Fife Council leaders and former prime minister Gordon Brown have held talks with Tesco over the future of the supermarket chain's Kirkcaldy store.

Tesco announced last month that the store, which employs 189 people, would be one of four closures in Scotland.

Campaigners have urged Tesco to consider a rescue plan that has been drawn up by the council and Mr Brown, who is the local MP.

They met Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis in London earlier.

Tesco wants to shut the Kirkcaldy superstore, which doubles as the town's post office, in April as part of UK-wide plans to reduce costs.

Rates reductions

The other Scottish closures will affect shops in Edinburgh, Troon and Grangemouth, with Kirkcaldy the biggest of the four.

Dozens of people held a rally against the Kirkcaldy closure last weekend.

Mr Brown was accompanied by Fife Council leader David Ross and Neil Crooks, the council's Kirkcaldy area committee chairman, at the meeting with Mr Lewis.

Tesco protest in Kirkcaldy A protest against the closure was held in Kirkcaldy earlier this month

They had a dossier containing a package of measures - including rent and rates reductions - which they claim could save Tesco £1m a year and turn the loss-making store into profitability.

The three Labour politicians also said they submitted new information to Tesco about future prospects for the development of the town centre, which they hope will make the company reconsider its closure plans.

Mr Brown said: "Today with Fife Council leaders David Ross and Neil Crooks I have put a strong case for Kirkcaldy, the details of which will now be part of a continuing discussion with Tesco.

"Tesco has agreed that the main Kirkcaldy post office will be offered the chance to remain on their Tesco site in the town centre for the time being while the council's other proposals for Tesco to stay are examined.

"We have shown Tesco how they could save nearly £1m.

"We have shown them that far from Kirkcaldy being a declining market, it is growing and we have given Tesco the evidence that the town with just under 60,000 people - 59,796 in 2013 - will continue to grow."

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