Plans launched for new Morrisons store in Aberdeenshire

MORRISONS has launched a planning application for the build of a supermarket at Ury Estate, just outside Stonehaven.

The new purpose-built grocery store would form part of FM Group’s Ury Estate site, which is being developed to house a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

If approved, the supermarket will have a gross internal area of 3,750 square metres, with a 300-space car park. Further to this, Morrisons said it will deliver over 120 local jobs.

Located at the south-western corner of the Ury Estate, the site of the potential supermarket lies adjacent to the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee Road, and the Slug Road, to the north of the seaside town.

Proposals for a supermarket and associated infrastructure already have planning permission in principle. Detailed planning consent for the same size of store and car parking spaces as is being proposed is also already in place. Should planning permission be given it is anticipated by Morrisons that the store will open in late 2022/early 2023, depending on the approval process.

Mark Taylor, head of property acquisitions at Morrisons, said, “Morrisons are excited to deliver a new purpose built foodstore for the residents of Stonehaven. This exciting partnership with FM Group’s Ury Estate site will create valued local employment and bring our much-loved approach to food making and grocery retailing to the local community of Stonehaven.

“High quality award-winning fresh food is at the heart of everything we do daily, supporting the Scottish agricultural sector is fundamental for our local supply chains. Morrisons currently source a wide variety of produce from across Scotland, including their Aberdeenshire meat processing facility at Turriff.”

Jonathon Milne, director of FM Group, added, “We were delighted to agree terms with Morrisons and to have them on board as a partner. This well- established supermarket operator has been an important supporter of the Scottish agricultural community, providing high-quality service and delivering significant community benefits.

“This announcement is yet another important milestone in the delivery of the Ury Estate project and assists in advancing our site infrastructure and leisure plans.”