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Decision day approaches for expansion plan

GFElginIndependent furniture and flooring retailer Grampian Furnishers will find out tomorrow (Friday) if its plans for a new £4m store will pass a key planning hurdle.

The Lossiemouth, Moray company has been searching for a new home for two years after outgrowing its present store. Royce Clark, Grampian Furnishers md wants to move the company seven miles to the area's main town of Elgin, but the edge-of town site has been earmarked for industrial use.
Clark is due to meet Moray Council planning officials on Friday about the new 25,000sqft store (pictured), and will submit a planning application if he receives support.
‘This has been a long time coming. We have outgrown our current building and have spent many months looking at options of utilising existing buildings in and around Elgin, but it became clear that what we wanted to do meant a purpose built store was the only answer. Due to the lack of available land for a building of this size we have been encouraged to put our case to council officials,’ he says.
‘The eye-catching store design would be situated at the gateway to Elgin in a very prominent location - and would be seen as a clear sign that Elgin is open for business. We hoped the building, which will include offices, warehousing and a café, will attract customers from all over the north into Moray.’
Clark says the move would secure the jobs of company’s 15 staff, with the potential to double the workforce.