A commercial property on the edge of Perth city centre could be coming back into use in the near future as plans for a new chicken restaurant have been lodged with Perth and Kinross council.
Pepe’s Piri Piri Chicken has earmarked the former Farmfoods store on the corner of Crieff Road for one of 20 branches it is hoping to open across Scotland.
The Hertfordshire company already has restaurants and takeaways in Falkirk and Rosyth, as well as three branches in Glasgow.
The firm’s head of operations Abbas Khan said: “We specialise in grilled chicken and we’ve already got 89 stores in the UK.
“Five of them are in Scotland, but we have planning documents submitted for another 20, from Motherwell to Edinburgh.
“It’s an exciting time and it will be good for Perth.
“There will be more jobs and opportunities created and it’s a nice big shop.
“People are always after good healthy, fresh food and that’s what we provide.”
The firm has not set any targets for a launch date, due to the need for planning documents and building permits to be signed off.
It is understood that between 16 and 20 jobs could be coming to the Fair City if the plans are approved by council planners.
The building has only been out of use since January 27 this year, when Farmfoods moved less than half a mile along the road to the former Original Factory Shop building.
The local authority is expected to make a decision on the application in the near future.