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Food court plans for shopping centre

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By Abbey Morton
Dumfries and West
Food court plans for shopping centre
CGI . . . an artist’s impression of the food hall

AMBITIOUS plans to breath new life into the Loreburne Shopping Centre have been revealed by the new owners.

Hurstwood Holdings this week announced £500,000 proposals for an indoor food village to transform the former Next unit, which has remained empty for the last three years.

The owners say the development would make the most of local businesses, entrepreneurs and food providers as operators.

The work is the latest announcement from the new owners, who have already committed more than £250,000 worth of immediate refurbishment works at the centre within the first six months of ownership.

Centre manager Michael O’Hagan said: “We have a very definite vision of what we want to create here at the Loreburne Centre and it is crucial that we undertake every effort to reinvigorate and bring new life back to the vacant space if we are to ensure the future success of the centre.

“The last few years have been very challenging within the retail and leisure sector and the additional benefits that this food village will bring are infinite.

“Not only will there be further job creation but it will also help support the local day and night time economy.

“The food village is a vital step in our plan to improve the existing offering as we look to create a vibrant, dynamic and successful family destination where young people, young and old, will want to meet.

“By implementing these initiatives, we are reinforcing our commitment to the continual improvement of the Loreburn Centre, as well as supporting the Scottish Government’s ‘Town Centre First’ policy.”

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