A budget supermarket chain is eyeing up a vacant unit next to a Dundee cinema — in a move that could provide up to 15 new jobs.
Frozen food retailer Farmfoods wants to open a store at Kingsway East Leisure Park, next to the Odeon cinema.
The store would be 8,000 sq/ft in size, if planning permission is approved, and would employ 10-15 staff — with about three-quarters of staff being full-time.
A Farmfoods spokesman said the Douglas Road site would be well suited, as it had been “redundant for many years”.
He added: “This would provide an accessible, prominent location for a new flagship store to help remedy this situation — easily reached by foot, bike, bus, taxi and private car.”
Fergus McDonald, of Ryden, the property firm that has been marketing the site, said: “The owners of Kingsway East Leisure Park are fully supportive of Farmfoods’ plans to add a new retail amenity to this popular destination.
“Ryden’s 2015 Dundee Retail Study identified a significant shortfall in convenience shopping provision for the rest of this decade.
“With large operators curtailing their expansion plans, Farmfoods’ proposal would go some way to addressing this issue.”
Alistair Kay, head of property acquisition at Farmfoods, added: “Last month, we opened the first of our new-format Scottish stores in Glasgow.
“We now hope to be able to open another fresh, modern Farmfoods here in Douglas — bringing with it not only quality, value and choice for local families but new investment and employment opportunities too.”
The public is being invited to view and discuss the firm’s plans at a consultation event, held at Unit 1, Kingsway East Leisure Park on Friday, July 22, from 1pm to 6pm.
Members from the company’s property and retail teams will be on hand to welcome visitors on the day.
In recent years, the company’s business model has sought to retail from new, larger units which have car parking adjacent to the customer entrance.
Domino’s Pizza have also lodged plans to open an eatery in the same vicinity.