One of Dundee’s longest-established funeral directors is to take over the former RBS building in Stobswell.
Grant Speedie, of James Ashton and Son on Cardean Street, confirmed that the firm will extend its business into the former bank building on Albert Street, which is just round the corner from the current premises.
Mr Speedie said: “We can confirm that we have bought the former RBS building on Albert Street.
“We get the keys on Thursday.
“We will then go through the planning process with a view to beginning renovation work on the building next spring and would then hope to be in a position to open for business in summer.”
Mr Speedie said that as part of its long-term plans for the former bank building, the firm had agreed with RBS that the cash machine located there would remain open for customers.
He added: “We are delighted to be taking over this building to expand the service we can offer to our customers.
“We are a long-established firm of funeral directors in Dundee and keen to stay in the Stobswell area.
“We are happy to be part of the regeneration of Stobswell and hopeful that this move will also bring extra jobs to the local community.
“We have agreed with RBS that we are happy to retain the ATM at the building and believe this is an important local facility for the community of Stobswell.
“We have agreed that it will initially be retained for five years.”
Colin Clement, chairman of Stobswell Community Forum, said he was happy to hear that Ashtons had agreed to retain the ATM at the building.
“We fought to retain the bank but, when that didn’t happen, we sought an assurance that the ATM would be kept,” he said.
“It has been out of order recently but I am delighted to hear it will be retained when Ashtons move into the building.”
Local newsagent Anil Tewari said: “It is important that this ATM is retained. There are others close by, although this is the only one with easy parking for customers.”
A spokesman for RBS said: “The ATM on Albert Street is being retained and we are actively working to bring it back into service, although there is no date as yet for the completion of the work.”