PLANS have been submitted for a £2million drive-thru development beside the A8 in Port Glasgow.
The proposal is to demolish the former Port Glasgow Job Centre on Scarlow Street and build a food/drink outlet, including a seating area for customers.
It is expected the development would create a mixture of 40 to 50 full and part-time jobs.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) closed the centre in October 2017, with staff and services moving to the Greenock office.
The application has been submitted to Inverclyde Council by Dalglen Investments, owned by local billionaire businessmen Sandy and James Easdale, who purchased the 0.77-acre site in 2019 as part of their £800 million countrywide property portfolio.
Their plans are being supported by Gourock-firm, Rebecchi Architectural.
Several national businesses have shown an interest in the proposed development, with another high-profile name expected to be attracted to Inverclyde should the plan be approved.
Sandy and James Easdale stated: “We have submitted this exciting proposal with the intent to secure fresh inward investment into Inverclyde and to continue to support the future economic prosperity of the area.
“Given the growth of the retail park adjacent, we believe this site can act as a key bridge to help sew together the traditional Port Glasgow town centre for visitors and shoppers.
“This development would provide a further significant boost to Port Glasgow and the site in particular, which will complement both the local and national traders nearby.
“We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to secure a marquee tenant, and interest has been strong from several national retailers should this be approved.”
The site is being marketed by Gourock-based commercial property letting agency Bowman Rebecchi, and Breck Sutherland.