The owners of a West End store which is set to be replaced by Sainsbury’s say they want to set up shop elsewhere in the city.
Greens of Dundee has been trying to renew its lease of the Nisa unit it runs on Perth Road for several months.
However, as revealed by the Tele, Sainsbury’s has lodged a planning application to move into the premises.
A spokesman for Eros Retail, which runs Greens, said the firm now has plans for a new store on another site.
He said: “We can confirm our Perth Road branch will be unfortunately be closing at the end of March due to the expiry of the lease. This is with great regret as we’ve had a phenomenal response to the store since we opened this with our franchise partner in November 2017.
“While the store has traded exceptionally well, the landlords have not been forthcoming with regards to any negotiation to allow us to continue trading.
“We are extremely proud to have entered Dundee in 2017 and are absolutely committed to the city.
“Accordingly, we are actively negotiating on various potential sites throughout Dundee with a view to relocating.
“As part of this relocation, we are excited to be working on a new flagship store in Dundee creating further jobs and a state-of-the-art format with an exceptional local product offering, large focus on food to go and a particular focus on niche product categories such as vegan products, organic foods, craft beers and healthier products.
“We are delighted to have worked with many other local Dundee businesses such as Fisher & Donaldson bakers and Clark’s Bakery and will absolutely continue to build on these relationships.”
Greens employs about 20 members of staff in its shop.
West End Community Council chairman Peter Menzies said he would be disappointed if the retailer left the area.
He said: “Greens is a fantastic retailer, it would be such a shame to see them go.
“I hope if there was an opportunity to allow them to remain in the ward the planning department could assist them.”