Work will finally start on a new supermarket in Ellon early in the New Year, the Times can reveal.
The discount chain Aldi have confirmed that demolition of the former Haldanes store in the town centre will get under way on January 6.
And the company will shortly announce details of recruitment plans for 30 new jobs.
Construction of the new store is due to begin in March with opening scheduled for the autumn.
Graham Nicolson, property director for Aldi stores in Scotland, said: “We are excited at the prospect of bringing a new Aldi store for Ellon shoppers next year and believe this will help draw more people into the town centre.
“We will be announcing further details in the New Year including our recruitment plans for 30 new jobs.
These will be a mixture of full and part-time positions for local people.”
Aldi’s plans were given the go-ahead by Formartine councillors earlier this year.
The riverside site in Ythan Terrace has lain empty since the closure of Haldanes store more than two years ago.
Confirmation of the start of the Ellon project came as Aldi announced further expansion in the North-east.
They are to open a new store in Inverurie. Work is due to start in the New Year on the former Loco Works site, with opening planned for late summer.