Grocery store large Tesco is in discussions with the council as the corporate appears to be like to take over a unit at Dundee’s railway station, the Tele understands.
In a interval of upheaval on town’s excessive streets, Sports activities Direct can be poised to shut its Overgate retailer because it prepares to maneuver to the Murraygate unit occupied by the grocery store chain till final yr.
It’s understood Tesco is in superior talks with Dundee Metropolis Council over one of many Waterfront items on the railway station.
Each the grocery store chain and the native authority have declined to touch upon the discussions – however these with data of the negotiations say they look like at a complicated stage.
A Tesco spokesman stated: “We’re all the time eager to discover potential new websites for Tesco shops.
“We might be eager to replace the area people if we do develop plans for a brand new retailer in Dundee.”
It’s thought the council’s aspirations of attracting a recognized model to the station concourse have been partially liable for the delays to find tenants – together with the stipulations it’s inserting on these coming to the Waterfront, comparable to an insistence corporations pay employees the “unofficial” dwelling wage.
The affirmation of Tesco transferring into the station would handle one a part of the Waterfront for Dundee Metropolis Council, which has confronted questions over the empty items since earlier than the station opened in July 2018.
Shopping rivals Sainsbury’s had been among the many first to enter into negotiations with the council to occupy the station unit.
Nevertheless, it later opted to open a retailer on Perth Highway, freed from the Waterfront’s guidelines.
The West Finish unit had beforehand been occupied by Eros Retail, buying and selling as Greens.
It too had expressed an curiosity within the railway station, however final month pulled out of negotiations citing difficulties with the council’s property workforce.
Nevertheless, council sources have steered that due diligence checks on Eros Retail’s funds had given them pause for thought. Eros has not commented on this suggestion up to now.
The Tele has additionally realized that businessman Christopher Eire – currently banned from acting as a company director – had additionally approached the council concerning the items.
Tesco has been scoping out new websites in Dundee after it was pressured to go away its flagship Murraygate retailer in November final yr.
Negotations between it and landlords Sports activities Direct fell aside earlier in 2019 after the sporting items retailer purchased the unit in 2017 for £3.5 million.
Within the meantime, Sports activities Direct is making ready to relocate to the newly acquired constructing earlier than the tip of the yr, leaving its Overgate unit barren.
The agency’s bosses have indicated the brand new retailer might be extra trendy and welcoming than the agency’s previous warehouse-style choices.
No jobs might be misplaced within the transfer, with these at the moment employed within the Overgate persevering with seamlessly of their duties on the new store.
Nevertheless, it can depart one of many purchasing centre’s most outstanding items – which appears to be like out onto the Nethergate and the Steeple Church – conspicuously empty.
The search is on on the Overgate for a brand new tenant.
Malcolm Angus, supervisor of the centre, stated: “We’re conscious of this – as but we don’t have a precise date of trip.
“We’re actively making market enquiries to draw a retailer.”
A Dundee Metropolis Council spokeswoman stated: “Advertising and marketing is ongoing and we proceed to have discussions with quite a lot of events.”
Sports activities Direct has been contacted for remark.