Re­open­ing of empty re­tail unit set to cre­ate 40 jobs.

Am­bi­tious plans for ‘Ed­in­burgh Woollen Mill cen­tre’ in bid to re­ju­ve­nate House of An­gus out­let

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JIM MIL­LAR jimil­lar@the­courier.co.uk

Not only will this im­prove the look of the area and pro­vide more choice for vis­i­tors, it should lead to eco­nomic ben­e­fits for An­gus and em­ploy­ment for lo­cal res­i­dents

Am­bi­tious plans which will see sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment to re­ju­ve­nate an empty re­tail out­let have been given the green light by plan­ning chiefs.

The ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted by Dob­bies for its Moni­fi­eth “House of An­gus” out­let will see an in­vest­ment of around £700,000, and the cre­ation of up to 40 jobs, with hopes that it will be open in time for the lu­cra­tive fes­tive shop­ping pe­riod.

The site, which is con­nected to the gar­den cen­tre via a cov­ered walk­way, would be re­branded as an “Ed­in­burgh Woollen Mill des­ti­na­tion cen­tre”.

The pro­posed lay­out will be a tra­di­tional depart­ment store style, sim­i­lar to other venues such as House of Bruar, with Ed­in­burgh Woollen Mill as the core brand, retailing a se­lec­tion of Scot­tish and themed brands, as well as sou­venirs, golf-re­lated cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories.

Other re­tail­ers set to open at the site in­clude Pon­den Home, sell­ing home­wares and kitchen ac­ces­sories, Pea­cocks who spe­cialise in fam­ily fash­ion, fash­ion la­bel Jaeger, men’s out­fit­ters Austin Reed, and ladies’ clothes re­tailer Jane Nor­man, as well as a café.

The out­let opened in 1999 and saw a num­ber of lo­cal and house­hold names trade from the venue in­clud­ing farm shop Gray Re­tail Ltd, lug­gage spe­cial­ist Antler and soap, can­dle and fra­grance man­u­fac­turer Ar­ran Aro­mat­ics.

How­ever, by the time House of An­gus ceased to op­er­ate ear­lier this year, just two firms were trad­ing in the build­ing.

Moni­fi­eth and Sid­law SNP coun­cil­lor Beth White­side, said: “It was dis­ap­point­ing for ev­ery­one in the area when the pre­vi­ous House of An­gus re­tail­ers va­cated the premises, not least for the staff who were em­ployed there at the time.

“It’s never a good look to have empty premises in a re­tail de­vel­op­ment, par­tic­u­larly in such a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion, and it cer­tainly does not give a pos­i­tive first im­pres­sion to vis­i­tors.

“That’s why I wel­come the news that there are po­ten­tially a num­ber of re­tail­ers ready to move into the build­ing.

“Not only will this im­prove the look of the area and pro­vide more choice for vis­i­tors, it should lead to eco­nomic ben­e­fits for An­gus and em­ploy­ment for lo­cal res­i­dents, so this can only be good news for the Moni­fi­eth and An­gus in gen­eral.”

A Dob­bies spokesper­son said:“we have re­ceived plan­ning con­sent from An­gus Coun­cil to trans­form the ex­ist­ing House of An­gus at Dob­bies in Dundee, and are work­ing to­wards hav­ing the cen­tre ready to trade over the Christ­mas sea­son.”

Pic­ture: Gareth Jen­nings.

The House of An­gus unit be­side Dob­bies in Ethiebeaton Park, Moni­fi­eth.

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