RETAIL park bosses are closing in on a tenant for the former Poundworld in Port Glasgow - as Superdrug chiefs today reveal an opening date for their new shop.

Officials from Ediston Real Estate, which is in charge of the 16-acre site, are also in talks with interested parties about the final two units that are available.

It comes as health and beauty chain Superdrug prepares to open its doors at the Port shopping park in May.

The Tele told yesterday how the company will move into one of the vacant units between Iceland offshoot The Food Warehouse and Card Factory.

It leaves just two smaller premises up for grabs as well as the ex-Poundworld store, although that is now the subject of a bid.

Alastair Dickie, a director of Ediston, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Superdrug as another new tenant on to the retail park and are currently under offer on the former Poundworld unit, to be announced in due course.

"Out of the entire 200,000 sq ft available for let we now have only 5,000 sq ft - being two 2,500 sq ft units - where we have active discussions ongoing.

"The take-up has been excellent. "The location and retail park has now become a real attraction and retail centre for the Inverclyde area."

Superdrug chiefs are currently awaiting permission from Inverclyde Council to begin a £112,000 fit-out of their unit and begin putting up signage but they are hopeful of welcoming their first customers within the next two months. A spokesperson for the company said today: "We can confirm that we will be opening a store at Port Glasgow at the end of May. "We are delighted to bring our unique mix of health and beauty to the retail park. "We will confirm more details of the store closer to the opening day."

Superdrug had been in Greenock's Oak Mall shopping centre until last month when parent company AS Watson Group replaced it with another of its brands, discount retailer Savers.

As many as 20 new staff could be taken on at the Port outlet.

A tenant for the former Poundworld unit would be another welcome addition to the in-demand retail park.

The building has been empty since the discount chain went bust in July last year having only been open for nine months.