£5m Sports Direct gym and retail project planned for Dundee

Venue nightclub - Stack Leisure Park
The derelict Venue nightclub at Stack Leisure Park

Sportswear tycoon Mike Ashley is set to launch Scotland’s first Sports Direct retail outlet and gym in Dundee.

According to the Evening Telegraph, the billionaire has lodged plans to bring the development to The Stack Leisure Park in Lochee at a cost of £5 million.

If given the green light, the outlet — which will be spread over two floors — is expected to bring a total of 96 jobs to the area.

The proposed site was last in use as the Venue nightclub but has lain empty for more than 10 years.

A planning application submitted to Dundee City Council by GVA on behalf of Sports Direct and site owners TJ Morris Limited has described how Dundee was “the first choice” to locate the combined gym and sportswear store.

It said: “The city of Dundee has been specifically targeted by Sports Direct for such a proposal.

“This planning application at The Stack Leisure Park is the result of 18 months of effort to ensure these proposals were situated within Dundee, and specifically The Stack.

“The proposal represents a £5 million investment in The Stack and this unit. This includes the fit out, site preparation and overall investment from the landlord and Sports Direct in this proposal.

“This level of private sector investments is clearly a significant benefit to Lochee and the wider Dundee area.

“The proposed change of use will ensure the leisure use remains at the Park while introducing a complementary retail use offering real choice to the surrounding residents.”

If the gym and store development goes ahead, it will become only the second in the UK. The other is in Aintree, in Liverpool.

A statement supporting the application added: “The proposals represent an exciting opportunity to not only enhance the quality of shopping provision within Lochee but also deliver the first Sports Direct retail and gym outlet in Scotland.”

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