Difficult times ahead for Falkirk shop workers

The Works is closing down
The Works is closing down

Shop workers are facing an uncertain start to the new year after a series of gloomy announcements from major retailers.

The Works stationery store in Falkirk High Street is to shut down next Thursday - the only one of Scotland’s 18 branches to be hit by closure.

The popular shop, which sells books, art supplies, games and stationery, employs six people.

Yesterday (Wednesday), one employee said the company had offered redundancy and was assisting workers to improve CVs and interview techniques.

She also said that customers had expressed disappointment at the news.

Kevin Keaney, CEO at The Works said: “We’ve taken the difficult decision to close our branch in Falkirk as the store is no longer commercially viable for us.”

Earlier this month, Johnson Service Group, the company behind dry cleaning giant Johnsons Cleaners, announced it planned to close over 100 of its 307 UK outlets in the next six months.

But the company, which has two branches in Falkirk town centre, is staying tight-lipped about which will go.

A spokesperson for Johnsons said the group was not in a position to disclose the stores to close as it is still in a consultation period.

However, there has been brighter news for employees of USC.

Owners of the fashion brand, Sports Direct, was reported recently saying it would close a third of stores.

But it has now been confirmed that none of its shops will shut and that all staff will be retained.

Administrators Duff and Phelps said it had completed a going concern sale of USC to Republic.com Retail Limited.

Philip Duffy, Managing Director said it “leaves the business in a stronger position to carry on”.