IT'S all systems go for Forfar's latest store, with confirmation that Alworths will open for business in Castle Street next week.

As reported in last week's Dispatch" and "Herald", the signs were looking good that the former Woolworths store, which was latterly Pound Mart, would again open for business, this time as part of the Alworths retail chain.

Confirmation came last Tuesday afternoon, just as our papers went to press, that the ninth Alworths store would in fact, open in the former Woolworths store at 17/21 Castle Street on Friday, June 18.

The opening will initially create 10 jobs for the town, and the team will be headed up by area manager Graham Johnston.

Alworths is a general retailer, stocking a mix of branded toys, sweets, homeware, stationery, entertainment products, seasonal goods and garden items.

It will offer a large selection of pic 'n' mix along with party accessories, cards and wrap. In addition Alworths will stock haberdashery and household convenience purchases and there will be a range of branded goods at competitive prices which will run on weekly promotions.

Alworths Ltd has been created by Andy Latham, ex-head of store and concessions development at Woolworths, along with a team of 15, nine of whom are former Woolworths colleagues, working alongside him at Alworths' head office in Redhill, Surrey.

Latham says: "We're really excited to be launching in Forfar. This will be our ninth store and we hope it will be well received by the local community. Alworths will be a local department store on the high street with a great range of products at value for money prices."

The first Scottish store will open in Cupar, Fife on June 16, with plans to open a further eight stores in Scotland over time.