Plans to create a multi-million pound Sainbury’s supermarket on the former Lochside Distillery site in Montrose have fallen through.
The retailer had been saying for four years it was hoping to build a £10m store at the town’s Brechin Road, opposite the Lidl store.
The supermarket giant has now said it has taken the decision not to build the Montrose supermarket as customers shopping habits have changed since their initial proposal.
Planning permission for the supermarket was granted in August 2011 after Angus councillors went against their officers’ recommendation to refuse the bid on the grounds of insufficient parking. The decision followed the retailer’s extensive public consultation with the local community.
Work on the 22,500 sq ft store, which promised up to 200 full and part-time jobs on completion, was due to start in February 2012, and in August last year Sainbury’s said Montrose was a town it was still interested in.
That interest has now apparently been shelved.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We have not taken this decision lightly and are very disappointed we are not able to open a new shop in Montrose. Since the proposals were first announced, shopping patterns have changed considerably and following a review, the scheme is no longer viable for us.
“We have been extremely grateful for the level of local support for the scheme and recognise that this news will be very disappointing to many people.
“We will work closely with the council and others to look at long term options for the site, and will keep the community updated.”
Montrose Councillor David May said: “I am disappointed that Sainbury’s will no longer be opening a store in Montrose. I was hoping they would build a supermarket here.”