Rothesay ‘Hydro’ shop to close

The Scottish Hydro Electric store in Rothesay's Montague Street is to close permanently.
The Scottish Hydro Electric store in Rothesay's Montague Street is to close permanently.

Rothesay’s Scottish Hydro Electric store is to close by the middle of May, parent company SSE has announced.

The firm is to close all 37 of its Scottish Hydro Electric shops in Scotland, along with its associated online shop.

SSE says it has entered into consultation with its 119 employees affected by the planned closures, and that it “will discuss possible redeployment within the SSE plc group” and that it “aims to avoid redundancies wherever possible”.

Where redundancies cannot be avoided, enhanced terms will be offered to the employees affected.

Stephen Forbes, SSE’s director of domestic retail, said changing shopping habits and more customer choice mean the shops have now been loss-making for a number of years.

“Customers’ shopping habits have changed considerably since these shops were first opened,” Mr Forbes said, “with more and more people shopping online, especially for larger electrical items.

“We know some of these shops have been on local high streets for a long time so we did not take this decision lightly but footfall and sales have reduced considerably and there is, unfortunately, no realistic prospect of that long-term trend reversing.

“Our priority is to ensure our colleagues are fully supported during this time and we will work to redeploy staff within the SSE group where possible.”

All 37 Scottish Hydro Electric shops, and the company’s online shop, are expected to be closed by May 15.

The other affected stores besides Rothesay are in Aberdeen, Perth, Oban, Lerwick, Dundee, Inverurie, Dingwall, Peterhead, Stornoway, Kirkwall, Portree, Banff, Dunoon, Nairn, Banchory, Forfar, Buckie, Brechin, Lochgilphead, Dunblane, Ullapool, Grantown-on-Spey, Arbroath, Forres, Blairgowrie, Huntly, Pitlochry, Crieff, Kyle of Lochalsh, Brodick, Stonehaven, Ellon, Wick, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Thurso and Tobermory.