Motion S4M-12509:: Crocket the Ironmonger

03 Mar 2015

That the Parliament notes with sadness the decision of the family-owned Glaswegian business, Crocket the Ironmonger, to close after 145 years of trading, which will lead to 17 job losses; understands that the closure of the shop on West Nile Street is said to be the result of increasing rent, rates and parking restrictions; believes that small businesses now face increased pressure as a consequence of the development of large shopping centres and internet shopping; considers that small businesses form an important part of Scotland’s economy and that independent traders such as Crocket the Ironmonger are of economic and cultural significance, and urges that consideration of small businesses be taken into account when large scale retail developments are being considered.