Fife firm is handed contract to build Morrisons’ town store

The first artist's impression of the new Morrisons supermarket planned for Invertiel

The first artist's impression of the new Morrisons supermarket planned for Invertiel

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MORRISONS’ new state of the art foodstore at Invertiel will be built by Inverkeithing based building firm Muir Construction

The supermarket chain has full planning permission to build the store, including a 415-space car park and six-island petrol-filling station on the site of the former B&Q, which has been derelict since 2009.

Work on the development has already started with the demolition of the old B&Q red shed and other preparatory works to clear the way for the new store.

Alan Muir, business dvelopment director of Muir Construction, said he was pleased Morrisons had chosen a local firm to do the work.

“This is a tremendous contract win for us as a Fife based company helping us secure local employment and restore job security in this sector,” he said.

“We have worked successfully with Morrisons before and we are absolutely delighted to be working with them again.

‘‘We have a strong track record in providing modern new build superstores to the client’s exact specifications.”

Indeed Muir Construction’s previous build for Morrisons, a store on Barrack Street in Glasgow’s east end, bears one main similarity to the planned Kirkcaldy store.

Central to both designs is a main tower entrance with a clock face built in.

Speaking on behalf of Morrisons, development executive Richard Bakes said: “We are delighted to have secured Muir Construction to help us bring Morrisons’ ‘Fresh Format’ to Invertiel.

“They are a great company with a strong track record and we look forward to seeing the new store completed later this year.”

As well as securing construction jobs, with the new store comes approximately 330 jobs.

Despite this, when the store was granted planning permission last year it was met with a mixed reaction.

Morrisons, however, hopes it will encourage further regeneration of the Seafield/Invertiel area when it is completed and open for business later this year.