20 new jobs at Stirling restaurant

20 new jobs at Stirling restaurant

A family-run fish and chip shop has created 20 jobs after opening a new restaurant in Stirling.

Blue Lagoon already has a restaurant in Ayr and one in Largs, however the latest 60-seater offering is the firm’s first outside of the West Coast.

Over £600,000 has been invested in the expansion project, including funding from Clydesdale Bank, which saw the premises at 63 Port Street being fully renovated.

The Blue Lagoon chain was founded in the early 1970s by Italian-born Ersilio Varese, and has been passed on to his son Angelo Varese. Angelo’s sons Simone, Alessandro and Gianluca are all directors of the firm.

Now with 12 restaurants across the west of Scotland and Stirling, the family is eyeing further growth.

Angelo Varese said: “We are excited to be opening up our new fish and chip shop in Stirling. We’re always looking for opportunities to expand, and when this site became available, we had to take it.

“The location of our outlets is very important to us. All of our sites are in central areas of large towns with high footfall, so being on the corner of Port Street is ideal for us.

“When we purchased the property it was a pub that had been closed for around a year, so it needed a lot of work to make it fit for purpose.

“As well as investing in the restaurant, we’re also contributing to the Stirling economy by creating a mixture of 20 full and part-time jobs.”

Deyrick Smith, head of Clydesdale Bank’s Customer Banking Centre in Glasgow, said: “Blue Lagoon is a well-established and highly-regarded chain in Glasgow and the west. It’s great to see them move into new markets.

“Clydesdale Bank is proud to support businesses achieve their growth ambitions. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Blue Lagoon as they look to expand further.”



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