Highlands and Islands has expressed support for the staff at Woolworths throughout the region following news that the century old store had called in administrators.
Mr Gibson said….
"Woolworths is part of the fabric of High Streets from Dingwall to Wick. It has been a fixture surviving many recessions and changing times.
" The timing of the announcement is cruel. It must be very worrying for the staff in the run up to Christmas. I sincerely hope that a rescue package can be found that will safeguard jobs."
"I further hope that a potential buyer can be found who can save this high street institution. If Woolies is allowed to go then it could signal the start of a bleak recession for small towns through-out the region and the country."