Work is under way to convert a former Aberdeen sports shop into a popular discount store – after the unit lay vacant for six years.
Proposals were unveiled in April last year to open a Home Bargains outlet in the former JJB Sports shop at the city’s Berryden Retail Park.
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A building warrant lodged by TJM Ltd, trading as Home Bargains, is looking to spend around £325,000 to fit out the unit’s interior.
The Home Bargains store will cover two floors and the new shop will be the company’s third in Aberdeen – with one currently in operation at the Beach Boulevard Retail Park, and the other at Bridge of Don. The firm also has stores at Westhill, Inverurie, Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
The unit has been vacant for a considerable time after JJB closed its doors in September 2012.
Councillor Tom Mason, who represents the ward, said: “The empty shops are always depressing to come across and it’s good to see new projects and activities in the area.
“Having a full park is always good and the whole area will come up in due course – having the shops fully occupied is a good sign.
“It shows a sign of Aberdeen’s economy looking up.”