What’s in store for Kirriemuir?

WHILE progress on the provision of another superstore for Forfar continues at pace, moves to bring a big name chain to Kirriemuir don’t appear to be ticking over quite so well.

Readers will recall that initially there were three supermarket applications on the table, all of which were shown the red light by Angus development standards committee.

Of the three, the proposal by CWP Property Development was successful in an appeal to the Scottish Government, paving the way for a retail development on a site at the now vacant Gairie Works in central Kirriemuir.

That was some eight months ago, with a spokesperson for CWP informing the “Herald” just the other week that work on the proposition was ongoing, although proving to be more difficult than anticipated because of the multi-level site and the fact that listing buildings were involved.

What is not known at present is the level of interest, if any, shown by major store chains in developing this particular site.

Meanwhile, one of the two developers refused permission for supermarket sites on the outskirts of town has gone back to the local authority with a revamped proposal.

Mark Guild of Guild Homes submitted his new plans for Pathhead in February of this year and is still waiting to hear when they will be considered.

A spokesperson for Angus Council told the “Herald” on Friday that there was no timescale yet on when the Pathhead supermarket application would come to development standards.

At the moment it is “later this year”.

Mr Guild attended last week’s meeting of Kirriemuir Community Council to bring members up to speed with his plans for Pathhead, stating that, with Asda pushing on with their plans to go head-to-head with Tesco to win business in the Forfar area, his fear was that Kirriemuir could end up losing out on a superstore of its own.

For a full report on what was discussed at the monthly meeting of Kirriemuir Community Council last Wednesday evening turn to page 13.

Meanwhile, back in Forfar, as shoppers count down the days to the opening of the new Asda store, rumours abound in town that steps are in the pipeline to upgrade the current Tesco store.

It is understood that there are plans to close the Tesco store for a few days next month to allow for the revamp to take place.

However, at the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday) no one from Tesco was available for comment on the rumours that have been circulating town over ther course of the past week.