Looks like the Co-op have finally put their cards on the table and are going ahead with slimmed down plans for Nairn town centre. The King Street store is in line for a six week revamp, not quite the grand culimination of the town centre masterplan that Highland Council were after is it? They are obviously worried by the competition that the proposed Sainsbury's operation will pose and point the finger at the Highland Council's decision to grant planning permission at Balmakeith. They promise us a wider range of goods but frankly they will have to go some way to improve on their present dismal choice. To this observer it looks like Nairn is getting the bare minimum from the Co-op.
The Press and Journal reports: 'Work will begin in October on the £700,000 transformation of the King Street Somerfield supermarket, which will be completed in mid-November. It had been hoped that a bigger development would mean the removal of the eyesore site of the old Regal Cinema.' More here.
The Moss-side store is also in for a re-vamp and the petrol station will have money spent on it too. It looks like the mess that is the rest of the town centre in the supermarket area will stay as it is for now anyway - unless buyers can be found or someone comes up with a bright idea. The P&J quote Danny Alexander:
“Local people will be rightly concerned that the nearby disused petrol station and vacant buildings are to now be put back on the market and I hope that discussions with the council will now take place to look at how the centre of Nairn can develop. I hope the Co-op will take steps to mitigate the visual impact of the petrol station and Regal Bar until a long term solution is identified.”