Friday, 18 April 2008
Latest Irvine Bay regeneration projects open in Ardrossan Ayrshire
By: Kirsty Innes
PROVOST of North Ayrshire Council Robert Rae has officially opened Core Kitchens & Bathrooms and Coletta’s Italian Deli at 54-56 Princes Street, Ardrossan.
Setting the trend for regeneration in Ardrossan, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has refurbished these once derelict retail units, bringing them back to life and now trading as a kitchen and bathroom showroom and an Italian delicatessen. This was one of Irvine Bay’s early action projects to kick-start the regeneration.
[Pictured left to right: Irvine Bay Regeneration Company development manager Arthur Watson, Core Kitchens & Bathrooms showroom manager Maxine Pentleton, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins, Core Kitchens & Bathrooms director Connie Harris, Provost of North Ayrshire Council Bobby Rae, and Nicola McManus, Jackie Shennan and Antoinette Cairns of Coletta’s Italian Deli. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The building, last used as a careers office and owned by Cunninghame Housing Association, had lain empty for a number of years when Irvine Bay Regeneration Company started the £200,000 refurbishment and its renovation and occupation is a visible sign of things to come for Ardrossan.
Coletta’s Italian Deli is a new-start local company operated by sisters Bernadette McQuade and Antoinette Cairns. Opening Coletta’s – their late mother’s maiden name – has been a lifelong ambition inspired by their Italian cousins who run a bakery in Telese, south of Naples – a business which has been in the family for many years.
Bernadette McQuade said: “We’ve been wanting to open our own business for years when this opportunity came up. The whole Irvine Bay area is being regenerated, and Ardrossan in particular seems to be an up and coming town. With ASDA just round the corner and no other deli-type businesses in the area, the time was right for us to take the plunge.”
Core Kitchens & Bathrooms opened their first showroom in Kilbirnie in 2004 and, with its success, has now opened this second showroom in Ardrossan. Core supply and install a full range of high-quality kitchens and bathrooms from conception, plumbing, joinery, electrics, tiling and flooring.
Connie Harris of Core Kitchens and Bathrooms said: “We were aware of the regeneration initiative in Irvine Bay and we saw the opportunity for a high-quality product and service offering in the area. Our ‘one-stop-shop’ concept of personal service, through design to finished delivery has worked well for us in Kilbirnie, and we are looking forward to securing a firm presence in Ardrossan.”
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins said: “We are committed to creating an environment where new and existing businesses can thrive. The opening of these two businesses in the area is a tangible example of direct action we can take to stimulate the local property market.”
Regeneration plans are being developed for the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine which aim to revitalise each of the town centres and help to boost the local economy. The plans will identify a vision for these towns over the next 10 years and seek to identify and shape key opportunities for quality physical and economic regeneration. The finalised regeneration plans are expected to be complete by the summer with a series of public exhibitions being held.
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