A new tenant has been found for a North-east shop that closed almost a year ago.
Park Shop in Drumoak shut its doors in February after shopkeeper Alan Black decided to move on.
Now it has emerged the store will reopen within months.
A new tenant took over the lease from owners the Park Estate in the summer.
Proposals have still to be firmed up but Charles Clark and a partner hope to expand the goods on offer from newspapers and other groceries to include local produce, “niche products” and “quality brands”.
Mr Clark, who has lived in the village for more than 25 years, said: “I think everyone is happy that something is now going to be done with the shop.
“The shop closing was disappointing for everyone who lives here, we took it on in June and have been doing refurbishment work since then.”
Park Estate manager William Foster said: “It’s fantastic news that we have a retailer willing to come in and it’s significant for the village.”
A formal opening date is still to be decided but it is expected the shop will open before the end of spring.