Hydro shops to close in Kyle, Portree, Ullapool and Western Isles

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The shop in Kyle is one of 37 that will close. Pic, Google

SSE has announced that it is to close its 37 remaining Scottish Hydro Electric retail shops – including those in Kyle, Portree, Lochboisdale, Ullapool and Stornoway.

The firm’s associated online shop will also close.

The retail shops sell electrical and white goods and are predominantly sited across the north of the country.

The closures will affect 119 jobs, although SSE said they will discuss possible redeployment within the group.

There are two jobs each in Kyle and Lochboisdale; three in Portree; four in Stornoway and one in Ullapool.

Stephen Forbes, SSE 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.

He said: “Customers shopping habits have changed considerably since these shops were first opened 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 shops and the online shop are expected to be closed by the 15th of May.