Retail giant The Range plans to open a super sized store and garden centre at the Heathfield Retail Park in Ayr. 

The homeware chain wants to move into three large empty shops, which were formerly Poundland, Harveys and Carpetright.

South Ayrshire councillors paved the way for a retailer to take over and merge the units in February. But the incoming business was not named then.

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The new shop can now be revealed as The Range as it moves to get permission for a garden centre at the back of the site. 

CDS (Superstores International) –  known as the Range –  has applied for planning permission for an external garden centre at the amalgamated store.

It aims to sell plants, trees, pets, power tools, garden furniture and sheds among other goods aimed at green fingered shoppers. 

Alterations to a warehouse yard is also part of the proposal along with a high three metre fence for security. 

The application is being considered by South Ayrshire Council. 

A supporting retail statement lodged with the council said: “CDS (Superstores International) Ltd trading as The Range is proposing to occupy units 2A/2B/3 on the Heathfield Retail Park in Ayr.”

It added: “The planning application seeks consent to provide an external garden centre to complement the occupation of the retail warehouse unit by The Range. In addition, an enclosed warehouse yard is also required to improve security when unloading goods and preparing their introduction onto the shop floor.

“The garden centre is an intrinsic component of the Range’s business model and the council is expected to grant permission for a garden centre extending to 929 sq.m. to the rear.”

The statement said it was not possible to find suitable premises in Ayr town centre for the venture. 

It said: “Individually the units within the town centre are clearly too small to meet the requirements of The Range which sells in the order of up to 65,000 items. None are capable of providing an external garden centre. Operating from two or more stores would reduce rather than increase the efficiency of the company.”