EMPTY shop premises at east end of Argyle Street, Glasgow, can be used as a restaurant, city planners have agreed.
The three-storey building at 11 Argyle Street, near Trongate, has been empty for some time and was previously occupied by EE.
An operator has yet to be identified but documents submitted with the planning application state that “solid interest” has been expressed and that if the change-of-use permission was granted “the unit would return to occupation”.
An extensive, high profile marketing exercise for the premises did not result in any confirmed interest from retailers, with the majority of interest coming from food and beverage operators.
The document continues: “The re-use of a vacant unit at this end of Argyle Street for food and drink would certainly contribute positively to the character and appearance of Argyle Street and provide an active frontage. The success of Caffe Nero [nearby] further evidences this point.”
“It is important to note that the applicant is committed to investing heavily in this part of Argyle Street and significant economic investment into the subject unit. The intention is to create a successful place that will attract tenants, employees and visitors and provide a comprehensive and coordinated development.”
Restaurant use would operate over two of the three floors (ground and first) with the second floor being provided for staff and storage.
Glasgow City Council officials approved the application.