Hopes that a new retail unit on the Angus/Dundee border would be ready to trade over the Christmas season have been dashed.
An application to Angus planning chiefs by Dobbies for its Monifieth House of Angus retail unit outlined an investment of about £700,000, and the creation of up to 40 jobs.
In September, a spokesman for Dobbies said: “We have received planning consent from Angus Council to transform the existing House of Angus at Dobbies in Dundee.
“We are working towards having the centre ready to trade over the Christmas season.”
However, the building remains vacant, with no apparent shop fitting being carried out, making it highly unlikely the outlet will be operational with Christmas less than three weeks away.
The garden centre giant has remained tight-lipped and declined to give any indication of timescales.
Monifieth and Sidlaw SNP councillor Beth Whiteside said: “It is extremely disappointing progress appears to have stalled in bringing the House of Angus back into use.
“I am liaising with council officers to offer any assistance to get the project back on track, and I’d urge Dobbies to provide an update on their plans.”