A RETAIL jobs boost is on the cards for Elgin with the opening of a new store and restaurant.
Mountain Warehouse has confirmed it plans to open a new outlet in the Moray capital at the end of April.
The UK-wide outdoor clothing and equipment specialist has branches in Dumfries, Livingston, Galashiels and Gretna.
It is understood the new store will be opening in the St Giles Centre; however, it is not clear how many jobs will be created.
And KFC will open a new restaurant on the eastern edge of the town in late May.
A spokesperson for the franchise that operates KFC in Scotland said: “We are delighted to confirm that we will be opening a new drive–thru in Elgin in late May, creating approximately 40 career opportunities in the area.”
The restaurant will be built close to the Alan Milne car showroom.
KFC had hoped to open last summer but work on the Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme has delayed the move.
“We’d like to thank local residents for their patience,” added the spokeswoman, “and we’re looking forward to being part of the community and welcoming them into the restaurant.”
The new openings come as a welcome boost following a number of closures and job threats in recent months, including the Comet electrical store and Millets outdoor store in the St Giles Centre both closing, and a redundancy threat to 25 staff at four branches of DE Shoes in Moray.
Gill Neill, Elgin Business Improvement District manager, welcomed the announcements.
“That is fantastic news. Hopefully, this will show that Elgin is a really positive place to locate to,” she said.