A £1.2 million Wetherspoon pub and restaurant to be built in Blairgowrie is to provide a jobs boost to the area.
The pub giants said yesterday that contractors have recently been on site prior to development work taking place, although no date has been confirmed for the opening of the new bar.
Eddie Gershon, spokesperson for Wetherspoon, said there are “no on-site or opening dates” for the pub/restaurant, but stressed the firm is keen to develop the site, which was formerly occupied by Woolworths and, latterly, Poundsworth.
He confirmed that the pub/restaurant will create 40 jobs, which will be a mixture of full and part-time posts.
Wetherspoon has previously said the building will be “traditional” in design.
Mr Gershon also confirmed that the pub will be called the Fair o’Blair, rather than the Muckle Mill, as had first been mooted.
“There have been some contractors on site in the past few days, just checking that the site is in good order before development work starts,” he said.
“JD Wetherspoon owns the site and has the necessary planning and licensing permission to develop the building into a pub.
“The company is developing new pubs across the UK and we have a schedule of openings. At present, Blairgowrie has not been added to the schedule of openings and that is the reason why we can’t confirm an on-site or opening date.”
Councillor Caroline Shiers, one of the representatives for the Blairgowrie and Glens ward, expressed her satisfaction at the announcement, although she does have some reservations.
“I am pleased that it would appear some local firms are being employed to carry out the work and the additional jobs brought to the High Street will, I am sure, be welcomed,” she said.
“I am still concerned about the impact on existing licensed premises.”