Shoe shop stepping in

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An empty shop in the Cowgate is to reopen to the public selling shoes and textiles.

The ground-floor unit at 319 Cowgate, which is owned by the council, has been vacant since 2007.

Ergun Cabanag has now come forward with an offer of £6000 per year.

Council officials said the offer was not the highest of the three bids but it represents the best “long-term outcome”.

A final decision will be made next week.