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Business / Application submitted for the refit of former M&Co store

The M&Co building in Lerwick before it closed. Photo: Jim Mullay

THE COMPANY which owns Superdrug appears to have applied for a building warrant to refit the former M&Co store in Lerwick.

The address listed for the applicant is the same as the registered office of Superdrug Stores plc.

But following an enquiry about the building warrant application, a spokesperson for Superdrug told Shetland News this week that it was not able to provide any information.

The limited details of the application submitted to Shetland Islands Council shows that the ground floor would be used for a sales area.

Stock and staff quarters would be based on the lower ground level, and the first floor would be “fallow”.

The existing shop fronts would be retained but new external signage would be installed.

The M&Co store on Lerwick’s Commercial Street shut earlier this year when its parent company went into administration, with all shops in the UK closed.

The next tenant of the property has been a hot topic of conversation, but Superdrug previously said it had no information to share regarding speculation the retailer was interested.

Superdrug Stores plc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AS Watson, the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer. AS Watson is listed as the applicant of the building warrant.

Superdrug already has a store in Orkney in Kirkwall.

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