PUBS chain Wetherspoon is taking a large unit at a Lanarkshire shopping centre, in a move which will create 90 jobs.

Wetherspoon has completed a deal with commercial property agent Lambert Smith Hampton to take a 23,000 sq ft unit, formerly home to Bairds department store, at Regent Shopping Centre in Hamilton, with the new pub-restaurant due to open later this year. The Regent centre, which was built in the 1970s, is home to tenants including Marks & Spencer, Wilko, Boots, Costa, New Look and WH Smith.

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Ryan Kee, director of retail agency at LSH, said: “This will be very welcome news for Hamilton town and Regent Shopping Centre. Wetherspoon...will be investing significantly to redevelop the former Bairds unit, an important and prominent building in the town centre, and with the creation of 90 jobs this will have a major positive impact on the local economy.”

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Bill Reid, manager at Regent Shopping Centre, said the Wetherspoon deal was “the latest in a series of exciting changes”.

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He added: “Last year, Card Factory relocated into the scheme, Holland & Barrett relocated within the centre and upsized, Hays Travel converted the Thomas Cook unit and The Works opened a new store here as well...We look forward to working with the [Wetherspoon] team as they prepare for an opening date later this year.”