The latest indication of the arrival on Bute of supermarket giant Tesco has been provided in the shape of a planning application to Argyll and Bute Council.
Tesco Stores Limited of Welwyn Garden City has applied for permission to install an internally-illuminated fascia sign, an internally-illuminated projecting sign, an ATM surround and internal window graphics at 19 Montague Street in Rothesay - otherwise known as the former ‘gap site’ on the south side of Guildford Square.
The future of the company’s Bute plans appeared to be thrown into doubt last month when a spokesperson declined to say if, or when, the firm would be opening a Tesco Express store in Rothesay in the wake of national news coverage of its plans to shut 43 stores.
But developer George Hanson, who announced last year that he would be leasing the ground floor of his new building on the site to Tesco, told The Buteman shortly afterwards that as far as he was concerned it was still ‘business as usual’ for the project.
To view the application in full, click here and then type in the reference number 15/00114/ADV.