THE town centre building housing a major supermarket chain's Largs store has been put up for sale.

Ayrshire firm Wilson's Auctions is advertising the Aitken Street premises occupied by the town's Tesco Express store, with a guide price of £850,000.

Following a raft of business closures in the town recently the News asked Tesco if the new listing meant it would be shutting down too.

A spokesperson for Tesco said this was not the case, and that the sale would mean a change of landlord only, with the operation of the store unaffected.

The listing on the Wilson's Auctions website states: "The building comprises a substantial ground floor shop unit within three storey commercial property. 

"Internally the property has been fitted out to a very high standard by the current tenant.

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

"This popular tourist town attracts people from all over, with people wanting to relive their youth or take in the breathtaking scenery.

"Largs is well known for its abundance of fish and chip shops and its Nardini’s world famous ice cream parlor.

"The town also benefits from a number of amenities including Morrisons Supermarket, Tesco, a frequent bus and rail service connecting you to Glasgow, Kilwinning and Ayr, not to mention the countless amounts of bespoke eateries."

Tesco Express took over the running of the building in 2010 following the closure of Woolworths, which had had a presence in the town since 1960.