One of Ayr’s biggest clothing stores is on the move.
But Topman and Topshop will be moving only a few hundred yards up the road.
The retail giants have been poached by Ayr Central, who say they are set to unveil a list of new tenants.
News they will build a hi-tech canopy roof over the mall has brought hope it will breathe new life into the site.
And owners Sovereign Land and AREA Property Partners have agreed their first new lease by convincing Topshop and Topman to make the switch.
The stores, owned by the Arcadia Group, are to relocate from a smaller site in the Kyle Centre to a 5862 sq ft unit next to JD Sports and opposite HMV.
Arcadia is planning a state-of-the-art full range store, with fitting out already underway.
It is hoped the store will be open in November, in time for the Christmas trade.
The announcement follows the news that a canopy made of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) will cover a large part of the central mall and Skye Square at Ayr Central.
Work on the canopy is due to start early next year and will take approximately four months.
Ayr Central centre manager, Peter Clark, said: “We are thrilled that Arcadia has agreed to take a unit at Ayr Central.
“Topshop and Topman are strong, young fashion brands that will sit well within the existing tenant mix and set the tone for future lettings.
“We are in advanced negotiations with a number of new retail brands as well as leisure facilities that will increase dwell time within the centre.”
Centre chiefs also agreed a plan to move the existing Costa Coffee from the mall centre to a larger 2300 sq ft unit opposite Primark.
Bosses at the centre are hopeful their new roof will revitalise the site, which is currently headlined by the likes of Debenhams, H&M and River Island, and has a 479-space underground car park.
Tim Binnington is the chairman of co-owners Sovereign Land.
He said: “We’re delighted to have obtained planning permission for the canopy roof at Ayr Central.
“This will allow us to maximise Ayr Central’s indisputable potential and ensure that Ayr is able to compete more effectively with other towns and shopping centres.
“Our plans for the continued improvement of the scheme represent significant investment that will help to revitalise Ayr town centre.
“The cover will create an outdoor space that is weather protected and useable all year round, making Ayr an attractive prospect for new occupiers.”