This observer was speaking to a shopkeeper today who thinks that the loss of such a key retail outlet such as the DE shoeshop could have a devastating knock-on effect on other businesses in the town, as consumers would have one less reason to visit the High Street. The trader told the Gurn that they felt that there should be a campaign to save the store.
Liz and Colin have written to the Managing Director of the company, Robert Sinclair. Colin said on Facebook today: “We've already written to DE Shoes (Dundee HQ) asking if we can help. Sadly I'm not hopeful - although the fact that they are the only shoe shop must work in favour of retaining our branch.” The Association of Nairn Businesses have also stated that they will try and help DE Shoes. It is very difficult to know what can be done. Maybe if we highlight the fact that this is Nairn’s only shoe shop on a still viable High Street perhaps a potential buyer might consider including the Nairn store in an acquisition list.
DE Shoes are only one of a number of companies in difficulties but they have stores in a number of Scottish communities that are some distance from bigger shopping centres. The Gurn understands that DE shoes are the only shoe shop in Buckie too and perhaps this situation is mirrored elsewhere. A quick Google reports that other stores under threat include Ft William, Thurso, Wick, Orkney, Shetland, Oban, Stranraer, Newton Stewart and Castle Douglas. All over
communities like Nairn are facing a similar challenge and a threat to their
High Streets. The situation with DE Shoes brings it sharply into focus. Have we
reached a point where towns with a population of 10,000 plus like Nairn can no
longer support a Shoe shop? Scotland