COWDENBEATH has been boosted by the opening of Lidl and B&M stores on a new £9 million retail development in the town centre by Glasgow-based property development firm London & Scottish Investments.
The development has created 70 employment opportunities with a further 30 added during the construction phase.
The two new retail units offer 47,000 square feet of retail space and 240 car parking spaces on the site of a former greyhound track that has been derelict since the 1970s.
The project is achieves ambitions set out in the Fife Economic Strategy for 2017-2027, which includes targets for attracting new employees to the town, increasing town centre projects and bringing derelict land into productive use.
Andrew Richardson, development director at London & Scottish Developments said, “We are delighted to see both Lidl and B&M open and the development completed. North End Road was derelict for such a long time and it is now a retail destination in Central Fife. Not only has this helped the regeneration of Cowdenbeath, it is offering local people the opportunity to shop locally rather than having to travel further afield.
“Both Lidl and B&M are at the forefront of a UK wide retail expansion. This is Lidl’s 100th store in Scotland. We are delighted they chose Cowdenbeath and the North End Retail Park to help create an excellent retail destination for Fife and create valuable new jobs and a revitalised town centre.”