THE first of what is hoped to become a chain of convenience stores is set to open at a vacant Alloa premises today.

Eddy's Food Station is set to open on Wednesday, May 11, at 1 Woodburn Drive just off Tullibody Road, creating 14 jobs in the area.

Renewing a convenience store which has lain empty for years, the shop is to bring a retail service and fresh takeaway menu each day between 7am and 10pm.

The takeaway menu will see hot and cold foods with regular offers, such as half price freshly baked pizzas for £4.75 at lunch.

The venture is being taken forward by Stephen Thompson, former CEO and co-founder of Morning, Noon & Night.

He said: “We are thrilled to be opening in the area.

“We’ve had feedback from the local community that a convenience store offering the everyday essentials as well as food and drinks options was lacking in the area, so we’re looking forward to reintroducing a convenient store, with a difference.”

Aspirations are for the Alloa store to become the first of many, with plans to launch a further 30 in the next five years.

Stephen, who is returning to retail following his role as chairman of Dundee United between 2008 and 2018, added: “The name Eddy’s Food Station is a nod to my father and his successes in the industry.

“I’m thrilled to be following in his footsteps with this new venture and look forward to embracing the journey ahead as the Eddy’s Food Station network grows.

“We will continue to scope out further sites for future stores in more central and convenient locations.

“This venture is an extremely exciting first leg of a long journey for Eddy’s Food Station.

“The retail industry is an industry I know and love.

“It’s an avenue I’ve always wanted to return to and I couldn't be happier that it’s finally happening.”

Eddy's will be offering discounts on tasty treats as well, such as Gü Puds, Hobnobs and Pringles.

John Richardson, head of food service, added: “Eddy’s Food Station stores aim is to surpass customers’ expectations from their local shop, as the offering goes far beyond basic, day-to-day supplies.

“In addition to a wide range of groceries our point of difference will be a high-quality, Scottish, daily takeaway menu.

“From filled rolls, to freshly baked pizza slices, there are options for every meal.”