Developer still confident in Aberdeen
Next lined up as Drum plans £100m retail park
Drum Property Group plans a £100m investment in next to retail park a prime development in Aberdeen and has lined up Next as the first store.
The developer of Prime Four, located along the western office corridor from the city centre to Westhill, has submitted an application to Aberdeen Council for a 320,000 sq. ft. retail development.
It will include a food store, next to the existing business park. Subject to consent, Next will take a unit, with another high street brand expected to confirm shortly.
It is anticipated that the purpose-built retail park will deliver significant economic benefits for Aberdeen – including an estimated 500 jobs.
Despite the challenging environment in the North East, Drum remains committed to continuing to invest in additional services and amenities for the site, and the surrounding area.
Graeme Bone, group managing director of Drum, said: “We are very excited about the potential the retail park could bring to the city and wider area. As well as jobs, new services and retailer brands, a development of this size will have a significant positive economic impact on the area at a very challenging time for the North East economy.
“The calibre of development proposed will ensure Aberdeen maintains and enhances its status as the principal shopping location in the North East. We look forward to working with the City Council in developing our plans for the expansion of Prime Four and making this substantial investment a reality.”
He added: “We are currently in active discussions with a number of retailers for the new retail park, some of whom are looking to expand their presence in Aberdeen, and others who are new to the city.”
A spokesman for Next said: “Next is currently looking to increase its footprint in Aberdeen, and the site at Prime Four would really complement our existing in-town outlets, providing the brand with a strong ‘bricks and mortar’ presence in the North East.
“The Prime Four location is extremely well connected, and will be easily accessible for customers from all over the region. Combining these city centre and edge-of-town Next stores with our dynamic on-line presence provides Next with a fantastic platform for the future.”