Retail giant Marks and Spencer is set to open a store in Glenrothes as part of ambitious redevelopment plans for the town.
A £6.5 million planning proposal to knock down the existing CISWO Club and completely redevelop the North Street area is expected to be submitted to Fife Council later this month.
The potential here is very exciting, and one that could unlock years of stalemate for Glenrothes town centreKeith Davidson, Easy Living Developments CEO
The company behind the plans – Easy Living Developments, who recently had a hand in the building of new retail units at the Glenwood Centre – say they have a note of interest from Marks and Spencer to occupy an 11,000 sq ft store for the sale of food.
It is understood M&S bosses are to meet in September to finalise plans and have already worked on external designs for the store.
A number of other High Street food chains including KFC and a major coffee retailer are also said to be interested.
A family-orientated pub chain has also expressed a desire to be included on the site.
The town centre plans hinge on an extension and refurbishment proposal of Fife Council’s existing Social Works Department offices in South Street that would become the new CISWO Club.
The local authority has already started relocating staff and is set to have fully vacated the building by the end of October.
If approved, the club would have a 550+ main arena which would allow it to stage more sporting events such as the lucrative BDO darts internationals.
The plans have been described by Keith Davidson, Easy Living Developments CEO as a “unique and once in a lifetime opportunity for the club and the town” and one that Fife Council is “falling over backwards to help make happen”.
“The potential here is very exciting, and one that could unlock years of stalemate for Glenrothes town centre,” he added.
Mr Davidson anticipates the planning application to come before councillors in October and if approved it could see CISWO members enjoying their new facilities as soon as June 2016.
That would then allow for the existing club building to be demolished with the new North Street development completed in time for Christmas 2017.
Tony Gregory, CISWO chairman, said the plans had the backing of the club’s committee and its members.
“It would be a major triumph if this could come to fruition, not only for the club, but for Glenrothes as a whole,” Tony said.
“Hosting the international darts tournament put the club and the town in the spotlight with Eurosport broadcasting the event live, we want to attract more of that sort of event and the new club improved facilities would make that a reality.
“We are very excited by the development.”
Plans set to reinvent CISWO as well a breath new life into town centre
Ambitious plans to redevelop and extend Fife Council’s Social Work Department offices in South Street are due to be submitted by the end of August.
If approved, the building, built in 1987, will be transformed into a two storey club facility with a main events area capable of accommodating an audience of around 600 people. The upper level will include a snooker and games room, office facilities, sports bar and balcony area overlooking the main stage.
The existing building plan is unlikely to allow the inclusion of a bowling green therefore the CISWO bowling club is due to meet with Dovecot BC this week to see if there is an opportunity to amalgamate the two clubs. An option of a new Glenrothes Bowling Club will also be considered.