A former Spar store in Greenock has been snapped up by an ex-Dundee United FC chairman, Stephen Thompson.
The South Street shop has re-opened as Eddy's Food Station, following the shop's long-time owners Billy and Margaret Kay's decision to retire earlier this year.
The store is the first expansion for the new chain, which is led by the chief executive and former Tannadice boardroom boss, Stephen Thompson.
Mr Thompson, son of late former United owner Eddie, was also the co-founder and former CEO of the convenience store chain Morning, Noon & Night.
The businessman says he believes the former Spar store in Inverclyde is an 'excellent' site for the chain to start branching out from.
Mr Thompson said: "The opportunity to operate a successful chain of convenience stores is very promising right now and this acquisition is the next extremely exciting step in the long journey for the Eddy’s Food Station brand.
“This is our first store in the west of Scotland and the Greenock location is undoubtedly an excellent site.
"With a population of over 40,000 in Greenock alone, South Street sees strong footfall daily.
“Mr and Mrs Kay have built up a loyal customer base over the last four decades, which we will proudly continue to serve, with an enhanced offering.
“Expansion is very much front and centre for the brand so we’re continuing to scope out further sites for future stores in convenient locations across Scotland.”
Store bosses say the premises will undergo 'huge renovations' in the coming months to transform it into a 'bright, modern-day convenience store'.
They have also stated that a Food-To-Go facility will be added as part of the renovation.
Chain chiefs intend to take on a further four staff members, to add to the 11 already employed at the store.
Eddy’s Food Station opened its inaugural branch in Alloa in May and has plans to open 30 stores across Scotland over the next five years.
Mike Leonard, head of retail at Eddy’s Food Station said: “This next opening and the quick development of this new group of convenience stores is an indication of how strong the convenience sector is.
“It’s brilliant to see the beginning of Eddy’s Food Station journey progress so quickly with many other exciting launches imminent.
“The success of the Alloa store and the growth of the brand is a testament to Stephen and his expertise in the sector.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the story which has and will continue to create significant new jobs and provide valuable services to Scottish communities.”
This article appeared in Talking Retail.