Angus MP Kirstene Hair has received assurances about the future of Boots outlets in the county following reports as many as 200 shops could close across the UK.
The Scottish Conservative MP wrote to bosses at the High Street pharmacy chain last month. The US owner of the company, Walgreen Boots Alliance, suggested that shops in the UK could shut their doors as part of a cost-cutting restructuring plan.
However, in a letter from Senior Vice President and Managing Director Sebastian James, Boots UK said there was no “major programme of store closures” for the UK and that shops in Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin would remain in operation.
Ms Hair said: “I am pleased to receive this reassurance directly from the managing director of Boost in the UK that the local shops in Angus are not closing.
“It is always worrying for people to hear on the news or read in the papers that any major chain is to close hundreds of outlets across the UK.
“In places like Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin, these larger shops not only provide employment but they generate footfall that helps to anchor other smaller retailers to the local area.
“Our town centres face a challenging enough time at the moment without losing any more jobs or big name chains.
“I’m glad to hear that the future of these shops is safe and the company is committed to its customers in Angus and to its employees in each of the towns.”