Morrisons takes over shopping centre in shock move

13.7.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes.  Morrisons Bishopbriggs.
13.7.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Morrisons Bishopbriggs.

A SUPERMARKET has bought over a shopping centre in Bishopbriggs in a surprising move.

Morrisons moved in last week to buy the Triangle Shopping Centre, in Bishopbriggs, from Derwent London.

The centre, which includes Morrisons’ current supermarket and offices formerly used by East Dunbartonshire Council, is next to the former Bishopbriggs High School site.

Morrisons want to build a new superstore, petrol station and long stay car park on the high school site.

They say the purchase of the Triangle Shopping Centre will not affect current plans.

Bishopbriggs Town Team, a group set up last year to give the local community a voice on town centre regeneration, believes the buy-out could provide a ‘golden one-off opportunity’ to create a town centre that meets everyone’s needs.

A spokesperson for the town team said: “It’s an opportunity for the community. Since Morrisons now own all the land they have a real incentive to make the town centre as good as it can be.

“Previously Morrisons said they faced an awful lot of constraints because they did not own the land.

“I think we can get something very positive out of it all. With a really vibrant town centre we can all win.”

Plans for Morrisons’ new store received a mixed reaction when they were put on public display in May.

The supermarket giant is expected to lodge its planning application with East Dunbartonshire Council for its new store soon.

Richard Bakes, development executive for Morrisons, said: “The purchase of the Triangle Shopping Centre represents Morrisons commitment to delivering a comprehensive mixed use development at the heart of Bishopbriggs Town Centre and removes the uncertainty which surrounded our earlier proposals.

“Whilst the current planning application will focus on the new foodstore, petrol filling station and long stay parking, we look forward to working with the council on our proposals for the former foodstore.

“The purchase of the shopping centre consolidates Morrisons’ investment in Bishopbriggs and we are confident it will act as a catalyst for future investment and raise the profile of the town centre for the benefit of the town as a whole.”

Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The sale of the Triangle by Derwent London to Morrisons will not effect the assessment of any future planning application.

“We will continue to engage with the Bishopbriggs Town Team and encourage the developers to do the same.”

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