Fears for store’s fu­ture

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Dou­glas Dickie

M&Co has refused to rule out the pos­si­bil­ity it will close its Cam­bus­lang store.

The fash­ion gi­ant was ap­proached by the Re­former af­ter ru­mours about the fu­ture of the shop sur­faced.

But when asked if it could dis­miss the ru­mours a spokes­woman told us they would not be mak­ing any com­ment at this stage.

The news could be an­other blow to the Main Street.

Three banks have ei­ther closed or are clos­ing and the Re­former re­cently re­ported that a fifth of busi­nesses had con­sid­ered pulling out of the town.

Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has now writ­ten to M&Co chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy McGeogh, urg­ing the com­pany to stand by the town.

John Bachtler, treasurer of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “The clo­sure of M& Co would be a ma­jor be­low to the Main Street.

“It is the last cloth­ing re­tailer in the town cen­tre and is one of the last ex­am­ples of a fam­ily-owned in­de­pen­dent store that used to be com­mon­place on the Main Street.

“The fact that clo­sure is even be­ing con­sid­ered re­in­forces the find­ings of the re­cent Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil busi­ness sur­vey, which warned of pos­si­ble clo­sures.

“We have been as­sured that the clo­sure of M&Co is not im­mi­nent but we have writ­ten to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of M&Co, ask­ing him to de­lay any de­ci­sion un­til we have been able to de­velop a much­needed busi­ness im­prove­ment plan for Cam­bus­lang town cen­tre.”

Plans have been sub­mit­ted to trans­form the former Royal Bank of Scot­land on the street into a cafe.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil by Cup­paCoff SC Ltd.

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