A couple of days ago I got a letter from Tesco confirming that they are indeed going to close their Kirkcaldy store. They obviously aren’t bothered about keeping my custom as they didn’t even take the chance to tell me where my nearest Tesco would now be.
When I blogged about this a few weeks ago I got a comment from Colin who thought that Tesco might be persuaded to keep the store open at the last minute – with the kudos for the change of heart going to Gordon Brown, although as he is standing down as the local MP in May that never seemed too likely to me.
I was quite amazed though to see a local Fife Council official on TV who seemed to be saying that ‘they’ were even willing to offer money to Tesco to help to keep the Kirkcaldy store open!! I was gobsmacked by that thought. Much as I want the Tesco store to stay open, for the sake of shoppers and particularly for the staff, I don’t think it’s appropriate for the council tax payers of Fife to be in effect subsidising a multi-billion profit making company.
Apparently the Kirkcaldy store only makes £21,000,000 profit each year. If they aren’t happy with that amount of profit what exactly would they be happy with?
At a time when the council tax budget is stretched to breaking point with services cut to the bone it seems bizarre in the extreme to suggest giving any of it to Tesco. I for one would complain about that.