Councillors to decide on retailer’s expansion hope
Councillors will decide if a furniture and flooring retailer can open a new £3.5m store, despite it contravening planning rules.
Grampian Furnishers wants to move from its current store in Lossiemouth, Moray to the outskirts of Elgin, six miles away.
The store would be three times its existing size and house a café an have 100 parking spaces.
Royce Clark, Grampian Furnishers md says he has been unable to find a suitable site in central Elgin after spending more than two years looking for one.
The site of the proposed store, by the A96, is classified as being for industrial use, not retail, and has a derelict diary on the site.
Elgin’s Business Improvement District; local furniture store Anderson and England, part of the Sterling group, and one individual have objected to the proposal but Elgin Community Council said the showroom should be considered as a ‘one-off’ and should not be allowed to set a precedent for out-of-town sites.
2,480 people have signed an online petition supporting the store, which Clark said will create 50 jobs and encourage shoppers not to travel to Aberdeen or Inverness.
‘It just makes common sense. We need to be practical. There’s no way we’d be able to have our big delivery lorries and customers in Elgin town centre,’ he said.
The planning committee of Moray Council will decide on the application on 4 October.