Plans to reinvent a retail complex as a department store-style “destination centre” – creating up to 40 jobs – have collapsed.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill has decided not to proceed with a project to rejuvenate House of Angus at Ethiebeaton Park, Monifieth.
Trading at the unit ceased in early 2018 after leases for House of Angus were terminated.
Dobbies, which owns the unit, announced plans for a £700,000 revamp in September, with up to 40 jobs being created.
The plan would have seen the building become an “Edinburgh Woollen Mill destination centre”, with the retailer forming the core of a department store-style outlet.
However, Laura Jamieson, business development director at Dobbies, told the Tele the firm was now considering other options after Edinburgh Woollen Mill pulled out.
She said: “Edinburgh Woollen Mill has unfortunately decided not to go ahead with the original plan, but we are committed to finding a solution which will make best use of the space.
“In the meantime, we arevcontinuing to invest into our Dobbies garden centre in Dundee, refreshing the centre for customers to enjoy in time for the spring.”
Monifieth and Sidlaw councillor Craig Fotheringham expressed his disappointment at Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s decision.
He said: “The prospect of that £700,000 investment and the jobs that were set to come with it were not to be sniffed at.
“House of Angus provided a valuable service for the local area that was well-supported.
“I hope to write to Dobbies to get reassurance for the future that there will be an investment and something going into the building sooner rather than later.”
Edinburgh Woollen Mill has more than 400 stores across the UK and Ireland and owns brands such as Jaeger, Jane Norman and Peacocks.
The firm had not responded to a request for comment as the Tele went to press.