A city centre electronics shop is set to close its doors for good – with 10 staff affected.
Currys PC World in Aberdeen’s St Nicholas Centre shuts for the final time on Friday, prior to which it is holding a closing down sale.
The move is part of a company-wide merger of shops around the UK.
Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre manager Craig Stevenson said: “I can confirm that the Currys store, located in the St Nicholas Centre is, unfortunately, closing.
“It was a store decision and we are looking into options to fill this unit.”
Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse are all owned by Dixons Carphone plc – formed back in 2014 by the merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse.
Staff at the store have been offered the chance to transfer to other branches in the city.
A spokesman for the company said: “The closure is part of a rationalisation programme that has seen Dixons Carphone bringing their key brands – Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse – under one roof in many towns and cities throughout the UK; with a multi-million pound investment to refurbish major retail park stores.
“The Aberdeen Berryden store was part of that 3-in-1 programme and now offers a wider range of products and services.
“In Aberdeen, 10 colleagues were affected by the St Nicholas closure and all were offered roles in the Berryden and Garthdee stores, with the majority taking up the offer.”
In 2012, it was announced that the store would renew its contract with the Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre for 10 years for the use of the centre’s 4,186sq ft unit at a cost of £200,000 per annum.
The company’s Garthdee-based shop was refurbished to accommodate Carphone Warehouse about two years ago.
Councillor Michael Hutchison, who represents the George Street/Harbour ward, said: “It is always difficult to see shops closing in Aberdeen and I hope there won’t be any job losses from this.
“I hope that the shop unit will be filled with something else in the near future.”