A five restaurant and an eight-screen cinema complex expansion is to bolster to size of the largest shopping centre in Glasgow.
The development, which will see an additional 45,000 sq ft added to the Fort shopping mall near Easterhouse, will create demand for about 250 construction workers through the build.
Upon completion, the new facility is expected to create 200 jobs.
The project, which is budgeted to cost £9m, is due to start this week and is due to open to the public in the summer of next year.
The build will see a Vue multiplex built along with restaurants from popular chains Chiquito Mexican, Harvester, Pizza Express, Prezzo Italian and TGI Friday.
To many, it may seem a strange move to make in the midst of continued challenges in the retail sector. However, people are continuing to go out as a treat, so it may prove to be a wise move.
It is also expected to be a boon for the local economy. GRA chief executive Calum Graham said:
“This announcement […] is excellent news for residents, who are facing major challenges in accessing the labour market.”
Other companies are also doing their bit for the local job market in helping retain positions. Many are managing to do this through invoice factoring, while Glasgow factoring companies are also helping other firms expand.
The extension to the Fort, first launched in 2004, will take the number of employees at the centre to over 2,000, with about two thirds coming from the local area.