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Begins on £1m Retail Development
WORK began on a Stranraer town centre building this week,
clearing the way for a £1 million shopping complex.
200-year-old Bellevilla House, a former old folk's home situated
at Portrodie, is being torn down to allow retail giants Argos,
New Look and Birthdays to move into the proposed town centre
according to the owners of the site, Palisade Properties,
that should be as soon as the middle of next summer.
Bay Plant Hire diggers began demolishing the Bellevilla building
on Tuesday in a programme expected to take just over a month.
area was surrounded by security fencing as the work commenced.
Director Paul Doherty said:
will take us four or five weeks to clear the site. Then
the programme proper will begin at the end of January.
contract for the new build, which should start at the end
of January, is a five-month job and we should look to be
finished by mid-summer.
are looking forward to a successful programme. I know this
will be a quality development that will serve the people
of Stranraer well".
year councillors undertook a survey of shoppers in Stranraer.
survey concluded that there was a general dissatisfaction
with a "poor range of shops" and a need for more
Doherty confirmed that Argos, New Look and Birthdays would
lease the three units at the complex from his company.
is thought that the arrival of three major stores will create
over 50 jobs in the town.