‘Under offer’ Kitchen Garden to be sold soon

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Oban’s former Kitchen Garden building is under offer and expected to be sold soon.

Since the deli cafe shut suddenly earlier this year it has left a gaping hole in George Street.

News of the shop’s closure prompted more than 190 Facebook comments from disappointed customers.

In April, the owners of Kitchen Garden appointed an interim liquidator. Records with Companies House showed in 2017 it owed creditors £137,949.

Glasgow-based Christie & Co property agents confirmed on Monday the premises were now under offer but would not give details of the potential new owner’s identity, although locally it is believed to be an established businessman.

‘It is under offer and is expected to be fully sold quite soon,’ said a Christie & Co member of staff.

Meanwhile, a new stove and heating business is opening next month in the former premises of Oban Stove Centre, off Soroba Road.

The Oban Times reported jobs had been lost and stock was auctioned off when the centre shut in June. The business’s Stirling branch also saw jobs axed.

Teresa Michie, who was manager of the Oban Stove Centre, will now be manager of the new Oban Stove and Heating Services Company, due to open on Saturday August 4.

‘It’s a new business with new owners. It’ll be the same style but we’ll be doing lots more,’ she said.

And an official opening date is expected to be announced next week for the new M&S Foodhall in Oban on the former Lidl site. All 40 job vacancies have now been filled, said an M&S spokesperson, quashing rumours that finding staff had been a struggle.

Work on the town’s new Premier Inn in Shore Street is progressing and an Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson has confirmed it is in discussion with Travelodge, as well as other interested parties, after the hotel chain wrote to the local authority proposing a partnership to build a £5 million hotel in Oban.

In February this year, The Oban Times reported that Argyll and Bute Council was looking to team up with a business partner to redevelop one or more of its current car parks to ‘maximise economic return’ on the land.

The three car parks were Oban Esplanade, adjacent to the Corran House and Westbay Apartments; the car park adjacent to Albany Street; and the car park in Tweeddale Street.