SCOTMID Co-operative is opening a store at The Grange, the new business and commercial centre in the heart of Stevenston.
The brand-new building which aims to help regenerate the town will open six weeks ahead of schedule to accommodate the high-profile retailer.
The store is set to be open by the 24th of November.
Adrian Lorimer, Scotmid’s head of Property said: “Scotmid is very excited to be opening this new store on Stevenston’s high street later this month. Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has been very easy to work with and we would be more than happy to do another development project with them.
“The new 2,500 sq ft store is in a good location and will boast an extensive range of convenience goods, some great money-saving deals and an ATM.”
Interest in The Grange has been high.
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, who is behind the build, has received a substantial number of notes of interest from businesses keen to make use of the top-quality, highly specified space – including several that would be new to the area.
The Grange – named after the former cinema and bingo hall which previously stood on the site – is nearing completion and will provide flexible business, retail and workshop space in small unit size. The accommodation will total some 1,000 sq m.
Patrick Wiggins, chief executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “The plan was that the business centre was to be completed and ready for occupation by the beginning of next year. But the interest has been such that this has been accelerated and to accommodate Scotmid we have had to push on to have their element ready well ahead of schedule.
“The development responds to the need for good quality business accommodation to stimulate the local economy, encourage new businesses to start and to attract business relocation into the area.
“I am confident it will play a big role in helping to bring businesses to Stevenston, creating jobs in the process, as well as ensuring local businesses can grow and stay in the town.
“It will provide a boost to the town, and it is suitable that a building on this site continues to play a vital role for Stevenston. The Grange cinema was once a big part of the town’s life, and now we hope this building will help bring new life to the town.”
All-inclusive rent is available from £450 plus vat per calendar month, with flexible lease periods of a year and longer. First floor offices range from 280 sq ft, with commercial space/workshops on the ground floor starting at 820 sq ft and going up to 1,932 sq ft.
The offices are served by a common entrance lobby, and benefit from nearby public transport links and car parking.
Demolition work on the previous building on the site was completed in December 2009.
A planning application was submitted in March 2010. The main contractor for the project, Maxi Construction Ltd, was appointed in early October 2010 and the build started in late November 2010.
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