Supermarket group Morrisons proposed a store (two miles away from one proposed by Asda in Leith in October 2004) on the site of the former Granton Gas Works, Edinburgh in late August 2004.
The 90,000sq ft Wm Morrison Supermarket’s new Granton store is proposed for the junction of West Granton Road and Waterfront Avenue.
Wm Morrisons – based in the North of England – is the favourite to win the
takeover battle for Safeway Supermarket. They beat off strong competition to build on the ForthQuarter site and is part of a strategic expansion into Scotland. It is scheduled to be opened in 2005. Morrisons will open its first Scottish market in Kilmarnock.
Second Site, formerly known as Lattice, has a portfolio of around 1,500 buildings the UK.
ForthQuarter - Morrisons Supermarket PR
ForthQuarter retail operator announced
SecondSite Property Holdings Ltd has reached an agreement that will see the national retailers Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc become the nominated developers and operators of the local centre at the ForthQuarter in Granton, Edinburgh.
The ForthQuarter, SecondSite Property's flagship site, is a major element in the overall regeneration of north Edinburgh. In addition to the local retail centre, the ForthQuarter'¹ mixed uses include:
- At least 2000 residential dwellings
- A highly energy efficient new 10,000 sqm Scottish Gas headquarters, designed by Foster & Partners
- A new 2500 sq m Telford College
- Around 8 hectares of landscaped public open space
Commenting on the news. SecondSite's Stewart Macintrye said " We are very pleased to be able to announce this agreement with Morrisons. We will work closely with them to develop a joint planning application for the First Phase of this Local Centre, and are confident that their success in acquiring a development site at our land in the ForthQuarter will result in a top class facility for the local and developing communities".
Wm Morrison Supermarkets - information from Waterfront Edinburgh 01.09.03