AN IRVINE convenience store is set to become a one-stop-shop for families in the area – and local children will get the chance to add their own personal touch.

Bourtreehill Supermarket is set to install a softplay and cafe for families to enjoy and owners want creative kids from across the area to come up with a name.

Shop owner Imran Ali said the refurbishment should be completed within eight weeks and is hoping it will benefit families in Bourtreehill.

He told the Times: “We’re building a kids soft play area within the shop and small sit in cafe.

“The idea was pitched via Facebook in November and got fantastic feedback. The property is massive so it is the best use of the empty space we had. we thought we’d offer the local community a soft play for kids up to six years as there’s not much to do for small kids in Bourtreehill.

“This is a brand new custom-made soft play designed by a company from England that custom make soft plays, so it’s not second hand.”

Imran is now running a competition for children to come up with a name for the softplay. Children can find an entry form in the shop and Winners will be given prizes and a plaque will be put up with name of whoever comes up with the best name.

Imran added: “This adds another fantastic service we can offer Bourtreehill on top of other existing services like bringing back a full instore butchery department from Quinns of Dreghorn and Brownings the Bakers counter and hot and cold fast food kitchen.

“We run regular competitions for kids so staff suggested we do a competition to name the soft play and give local kids the chance to name the soft play. We’ve had lots of entries in already.”

Bourtreehill Supermarket picked up the Best New Store Award and the Dairy Award at a glitzy awards night last month.

The shop was also Highly Commended in the Symbol Store of the Year category, as retailers from across Scotland were honoured at the Scottish Grocer Awards 2018.

The event, at the Hilton Glasgow hotel, is held annually to recognise and celebrate the very best in Scottish convenience retailing.