New blow for city as store on the move

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this group and meet like-minded peo­ple for a cup of tea or cof­fee, or if you feel like you have some­thing you can bring to the group, please get in touch. I look for­ward to meet­ing you and get­ting to know you.”

Ar­chana is also look­ing for vol­un­teers to do­nate just a few hours per month to help her run the ses­sions.

Linda Stu­art, RVS com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and de­vel­op­ment worker cov­er­ing Stir­ling, Falkirk, Dun­fermline and West Fife, said: “It is so ex­cit­ing to see this new group in Denny take shape. It will pro­vide some­thing great for older peo­ple the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

If you have an idea for a com­mu­nity group and would like to set one up as a vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor, con­tact Linda Stu­art on 07787 276241 email linda. stu­art@roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­ Sweet Shoppe, which had been trad­ing in Port Street for eight years, pub and eaterie Boozy Cow, in King Street and cafe and restau­rant the Fat Cy­clist, Fri­ars Street, while risque lin­gerie firm Ann Sum­mers closed its out­let in The This­tles on June 23.

Stir­ling MSP Bruce Craw­ford was aware of the change at Ar­gos and added: “Whilst a sign of the times, as more peo­ple move to on­line shop­ping for their goods, it will nev­er­the­less im­pact other busi­nesses in the area, who might’ve ben­e­fited from Ar­gos cus­tomers vis­it­ing the high street.

“I am in reg­u­lar con­tact with Stir­ling Coun­cil of­fi­cers and in­tend to raise my con­cerns about how we move to shield places such at the Stir­ling city ‘high street’ from forth­com­ing pro­jected eco­nomic chal­lenges.

“As I have said pre­vi­ously, I would re­it­er­ate that, across the coun­try, high streets need to de­velop a re­newed pur­pose.

“As the gover­nor of the Bank of Eng­land has pointed out, peo­ple have less money in their pock­ets as a re­sult of the Brexit vote and shop­ping habits are chang­ing with the times.

“Some­thing has to be done to en­cour­age more peo­ple to visit the high street and spend their money.”

Coun­cil­lor Neil Benny, leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Group on Stir­ling Coun­cil, said the clo­sure was a sad day for Stir­ling.

“It is an­other blow for our city cen­tre that strug­gles un­der the busi­ness rates regime that the SNP in­sist is good for the econ­omy,” he added.

“Their com­pla­cency is as­tound­ing.

“The re­lo­ca­tion of these high street sta­ples empty our city cen­tre and will leave a hole in a part of Stir­ling that al­ready has many va­can­cies.

“It is time to get real about our high street.

“We need to have a proper dis­cus­sion about busi­ness rates and en­cour­ag­ing more re­tail­ers to start up and lo­cate in the city cen­tre.”

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