The man behind the planned redevelopment of Dundee’s Wellgate Centre said the project remains on track despite apparently slow progress.
The development could see the creation of a 900-seat, eight-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes and leisure outlets.
Together, they would create around 330 jobs.
John Sullivan, director of Light Cinemas, said: “I understand that there are more restaurants that have been brought on board.
“It is a bit quiet at the moment but, as far as we are concerned, we are still committed to the project and we are just waiting on existing tenants.
“We are very much looking forward to it and it can’t come soon enough, for us.
“We are completing 10 other multiplexes around the country and this is the slowest-moving one.
“We are trying what we can to speed up the process and get it finalised as quickly as possible.
“Projects like this are variable in the length of time they take it is all about the circumstances.
“No one has come to us with any issues so we still believe that Dundee city centre could benefit greatly from a fun, family multiplex.
“We are very excited and very motivated to make it happen as quickly as we can for the people in Dundee.
Fergus Egan, spokesman for Orchard, the company which owns the Wellgate Shopping Centre, said the reason for the lack of progress was down to the logistics of moving existing tenants.
He said: “We are still working with it in terms of how we go. It is a very complicated process and there are quite a few parts that need to be worked out.
“It is still very much our intention to do it but these things take a long time to deliver.
“There are existing tenants that we need to move around and there are other small bits and pieces like that we are working towards sorting out.
“There has been a lot of interest and we are working on bringing new retailers into the city.
He added that information on the timeline of construction and details of retailers who have been signed up will be available soon.