A fabric and hardware store which has been a mainstay of Dundee’s shopping centre for 27 years will be converted into two takeaways, if plans are approved.
The Sachranie family, who ran Zenova fabric shop in Peter Street for 27 years, have submitted an application to Dundee City Council for a change of use for the premises.
They plan to divide the 182 square metre unit into two parts and rent them out as soon as possible.
The family, who now live in Solihull in the Midlands, believe a new takeaway would liven up what is currently a “depressed” area.
Zubair Sachranie said: “My parents own the unit and are planning to let it out to people who want to run takeaways.
“It will be up to them what kind of food they want to serve.
“The time scale will depend on how the planning application goes. Hopefully it will be soon.
“The unit was historically my parents’ shop. They ran Zenova Fabrics for 27 years and lived in Dundee until about two-and-a-half years ago.
“My parents and I then moved to England and a hardware shop opened in the unit. I’m not aware of any comments or objections from local people.
“I think that part of town is a bit depressed so any kind of action to change that would be positive.
“The retail parks have taken away from the city centre, but the area has potential to improve, especially with the V&A and Waterfront developments coming along.
“I think having new takeaways there would make an improvement.”
After the Zenova fabric and homeware store shut, it became Inex Mica Hardware, with the premises now vacant.
The Sachranie family have no plans to make changes to vehicle access, public paths or public rights of way as part of the change of use.
Forfar-based Project Management, the agent acting on behalf of the applicants, added: “We understand there will be two different takeaways but we’re not sure what they will be.
“As far as we know it won’t be a big brand, but independent traders. I would imagine they’d want to move things along as quickly as possible, depending on the application being approved.”