A derelict petrol station which has been a blight on Monifieth High Street for years has been transformed into a working business with the potential to create more jobs.
The old filling station, which had belonged to Tesco, was purchased by Arbroath businessman Valy Ossman and Marco Polo restaurateur Nazir Kashmiri and has become Prestige Car Wash and Valet Centre and will later also incorporate a high quality takeaway.
The site originally belonged to Osprey Forecourts which was liquidated in 2003 and then bought up by Tesco in 2009, but has lain empty for more than a decade and was a magnet for graffiti.
Valy said: “We’ve got businesses all over Angus and we passed by the site all the time and it became normal for it to be a bit of an eyesore so we cleaned up the graffiti, brought in a graphic designer to do the logos and corporate branding and now it’s looking really nice.
“We’ve got six staff working there to start off and we plan to have in the region of 15 staff to run it at capacity, so jobs for the community as well.
“I think this is going to be an extremely successful venture, so watch this space for 2015.”
Prestige opens officially today (Friday) but has had good feedback over the last week during their trial run.
Monifieth Community Council was pleased to see the site back up and running. A spokesperson said: “In an ideal world we would have a filling station but the community council is pleased to see the dilapidated site is being used because it was an eyesore.
“We are quite pleased with how the High Street has been renewed in recent years and it was a pity how it was affected by this derelict site. It’s nice to see it operating again.”