One Stop Shop plans grind to a halt for Leven

The One Stop Shop franchise is no longer coming to Leven at the former Houseproud shop
The One Stop Shop franchise is no longer coming to Leven at the former Houseproud shop

A controversial plan for a new licensed shop at Leven’s former Houseproud store on Durie Street has ground to a halt.

Last year hundreds of local residents signed a petition to prevent One Stop Stores Ltd - a subsidiary of Tesco - opening on Durie Street on the grounds it would lead to over-provision of alcohol and possibly exacerbate under-age drinking.

But Fife Licensing Board granted unanimous approval for the application - and development work at the site went ahead.

In a surprising twist, however, One Stop Shop confirmed last week that landlord Don Holdings Ltd, based in Omagh, Northern Ireland, had pulled out of the deal.

Mark Donnelly, project manager for Don Holdings, told the Mail: “I think they [One Stop] would have been a very good tenant but unfortunately it didn’t work out for both sides.”

He added: “We are shortlisting at the moment for new tenants and hope to have definite news within the next few weeks.

“It’s important that we get the right people in there; not amateurs. Someone who is good for Leven and has a good reputation.”

Harris Aslam, owner of the nearby Nisa store and Post Office on Victoria Road had previously commented: “Within a very small area here we already have five licensed premises - ourselves, Premier at Scoonie Road, Home Bargains, Sainsbury’s and Lidl - and we feel strongly that another would be an over-provision.”