Festive retail boost for Highlands tourist resort
Developers plan to fast track construction work on a new £10M retail park in Aviemore to ensure the first tenants, supermarket chain Aldi and Home Bargains, have their new stores up and running for the Christmas season.
Aldi and Home Bargains have taken two of three steel-framed retail units to be constructed on the Aviemore Retail Park site, which will bring over 100 long-term retail jobs to the town.
Bryan Wilson, Development Director with London & Scottish Investments (L&SI) who are developing the former Tesco site said: “We always aim to ensure our tenants can open their doors as quickly as possible.
“But obviously, Christmas is a key trading period for any retailer and their customers, so we are pulling out all the stops to ensure Aviemore Retail Park is open for business in time for the festive rush.
“We will fast track work on the units themselves, so we can give our tenants time to fit out their premises, while we finish off some of the external parts of the development like the 333 parking spaces and the landscaping.”
L&SI are currently marketing the third large retail unit on the site throughout the UK on the strength of Aviemore’s prime tourism location in the Cairngorms National Park, and the fact that during the peak winter sports season it can attract thousands of visitors a day.
Mr Wilson added: “The combination of Aviemore’s tourist trade, and the opportunity to be located beside Aldi and Home Bargains, with all the footfall they generate, makes our remaining unit a very marketable proposition”.