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B&Q confirmed for Port Glasgow development

DIY chain B&Q have been confirmed as the anchor store for a multi-million pound retail development in Port Glasgow.

Developers Gallagher announced the company were taking the largest unit at the site which is on former shipyard land beside the town’s Tesco store.

The development will have 13 non-food retail units, a hotel and a pub/restaurant and around 600 parking spaces.

It is expected 500 jobs will be created in the retail side alone not including construction and the other elements.

The site beside Tesco has lain empty. This view is from July 2007. Some of the buildings in the bottom, left corner, have since been demolished, several of them after fires.

Gallagher have had planning consent for some years and are about to apply for permission to make slight changes to the layout of the proposed development. These include a slight increase in floorspace and different parking arrangements. The alterations are needed to meet the requirements of potential retail tenants.

If planning permission is given, it is expected that construction would start next year with the first retail units opening in 2013.

A display of the plans went on show at Port Glasgow Library today (Thursday) and representatives from the developers are also at the library to discuss the project with members of the public.

The public event takes place until 7pm and is on again tomorrow (Friday) from noon until 5pm.


08 September 2011
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