Former John Lewis building on George Street in Aberdeen may be revitalised as a go-kart track


As reported by the Evening Express, the former John Lewis department store in Aberdeen may soon be transformed into a go-karting track. Rumours about this unconventional plan for the George Street store have been circulating throughout the city.

The Press and Journal has learned that a national go-karting operator is eager to convert the building into an indoor track. The new owner, EP Properties, has not commented on the plans for the five-floor, 200,000 sq ft Norco House.

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TeamSport, already operating in Dundee’s West Gourdie Industrial Estate, is reportedly considering expanding into Aberdeen, following the success of its Dundee location. While no official plans have been submitted to Aberdeen City Council, insiders suggest TeamSport is the prospective tenant.

The John Lewis store on George St closed in the summer of 2021, resulting in the loss of 265 jobs. EP Properties acquired Norco House and the adjacent Bon Accord Centre last summer. The development firm, led by Zakir Issa, is part of a business empire owned by his billionaire brothers, who are currently splitting their interests, including their joint ownership of Asda.

Despite the speculation, the Blackburn-based owners have not yet provided any comments on their plans for the building.

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