Jobs boost for the Broch

The Smiddyhill Road property has been vacant for nearly four years
The Smiddyhill Road property has been vacant for nearly four years

Fraserburgh is in line for a job boost as a multinational newsagent chain is preparing to open a new franchisee branch in the Broch.

A Spar will be opening on Smiddyhill Road on Friday, November 20.

The opening will bring 15 new jobs to the Broch after a spell of bad luck for workers in the town.

The property was formerly a Co-op, but has been lying vacant for nearly four years.

The store will be run as a franchisee: a business relationship established on an agreement in which the franchisor provides a licensed privilege to the franchisee to do business under its name.

The new owners, John Brown and Steve Stewart, told the Herald that they were ‘excited to welcome the local community into their new store’ and are ‘very keen to become part of the community by building partnerships with local suppliers, groups and initiatives’.

Steve Stewart told the Herald that they are ‘not just another faceless company’ and they will have a focus on local suppliers - even using Broch shop-fitters Cruden Contracts for the refurbishment.

Mr Stewart said: “We are putting everything into this, it is a £150,000 investment.”

The pair were area managers for Co-Op, but were made redundant and used the redundancies package to invest in the new venture.

Mr Stewart, who knows the town as he was the manager at Fraserburgh’s Co-Op (that is now a Tesco), added that they are keen to accommodate customer needs as their ‘hands are not tied’ by the franchisor.