Derelict Co-op store to be demolished in spring

The former Co-op department store in Glenrothes town centre.

Demolition of one of the most prominent buildings in Glenrothes is scheduled to take place in the spring.

Members of the Glenrothes Area Futures Group have been told the derelict Co-op department store in the town centre could be razed as early as March.

The move follows a meeting between the community group and management of the Kingdom Shopping Centre.

The Albany Gate landmark is being demolished to make way for a new car park.

It is understood to be a temporary arrangement, while a long-term plan for the site is developed by the owners of the shopping centre, Mars Pension Trustees.

The former store has lain empty for several years but was the jewel in the crown of Glenrothes town centre when it opened in the 1960s.

Now riddled with asbestos and in a serious state of disrepair, it has been regarded as a major deterrent to town centre development.

Its imminent demolition, coupled with the construction of a new retail and leisure development in nearby North Street, has been welcomed by members of the Futures Group as Glenrothes gears up to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year.

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