Work is under way on a new pub/restaurant in Peterhead - with the potential for more than 40 new jobs.
Marston’s Inns and Taverns are developing the eatery on a site between B&Q and McDonald’s on the southern approaches to the town.
Aberdeenshire Council approved the plans last year.
Marston’s confirmed that up to 45 new jobs are set to be created.
The company told the Buchanie the pub will be aimed at “everyone to enjoy”, whether it is just visiting for a drink or to enjoy a meal out with family and friends.
Features will include a small child’s play area, daily carvery, separate bar and eatery areas all in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Rachel Newnes, the company’s acquisitions manager, said they had pinpointed a a gap in the local market for such a project.
She added: “Peterhead is a town we have targeted as part of our wider growth strategy in Scotland, particularly in our decision to invest further north in the country.
“We identified a gap in the local market in Peterhead for a family pub restaurant to serve local residents, businesses and visitors to the area.”
Avril Lothian, area manager for Marston’s, said: “We’re extremely excited about our new site here in Peterhead and look forward to building a great reputation locally.”
The new pub/restaurant is due for completion in August this year.
Peterhead South and Cruden Councillor Stuart Pratt said it showed confidence in the local area.
He said: “Coming along with recent announcements such as Chapel Street and the Norway interconnector project, this indicates that Peterhead is in a good place.
“The jobs will be welcomed and this is a positive development for the town.”
Marston’s operate more than 1700 pubs throughout the UK