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Waitrose into Scotland 2010-04-09

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Waitrose‘ has been given the green light to build its biggest Scottish supermarket to date on the outskirts of Glasgow.

The upmarket grocery chain was granted permission to build a 25 000 sq ft branch in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire south of Glasgow. It will be almost twice the size of its recently opened store in Byres Road in the city’s west end.

The UK’s largest employee-owned company claims more than 200 new jobs will be created by the new store at the Greenlaw Village development.

Managing director Mark Price said he was pleased planning permission for the store had been granted. He said:

‘Waitrose Newton Mearns represents our first new-build store in Scotland and demonstrates our ambition to make our brand more accessible to more Scottish consumers.

‘Since first arriving in Scotland four years ago, we have established a loyal customer base and increased the number of Scottish farmers and producers supplying our shops, both here and throughout Britain.’

‘Waitrose’ opened its first branch in Glasgow on the site of a former Somerfield store in the west end in 2009.

The shop, which opened in November, is one of only three outlets in Scotland and sales were 39 per cent ahead of forecast in its first month of trading.

The company, which is the food brand of ‘The John Lewis Partnership‘, has previously described Newton Mearns as the perfect fit for its products.

However, it will not be the only supermarket in the 30 million GBP development as retail giant ‘Tesco‘ has already signed up as a Greenlaw tenant and is set to open 370 m2 store.

Mr.Tony McElroy, ‘Tesco’ corporate affairs manager, said:

‘We are delighted to be making this investment at Greenlaw.

‘Our new store will bring about 20 new jobs, which I am sure will be warmly welcomed given the great interest locally in our store.

‘Waitrose’ has been traditionally defined as a premium chain, while ‘Tesco’ is labelled as a mainstream supermarket, but the two will be in direct competition as both aim to attract the diverse range of customers Greenlaw is expect to attract.

‘Waitrose’, which has 228 branches across Britain, aims to combine the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of specialists for their customers.

Mr Price added:

‘Our Scottish stores offer 300 Scottish lines ranging from household names to small producers.

‘The new store will provide a boost to the local economy through the creation of up to 200 jobs, and allow us to invest further in farmers and suppliers in the west of Scotland and beyond.’

The Greenlaw Village development, seven miles from Glasgow city centre near junction four of the M77, will feature shops, restaurants and a health centre and is part of a wider scheme planned for the site near Newton Mearns.

Gleniffer Estates plc, Clydesdale Bank and their joint venture partner, commercial developer Walker Group, have all backed the project.

Work is already under way on the huge development, with the road network already in place and industrial units being built.

Phase two of the project, which will feature a drive-through restaurant and take­away, a petrol station as well and a fitness and leisure facility, is expected to start in the summer.

Mr. Bryan Wilson, managing director of Gleniffer Estates plc, added:

‘We are looking forward to completing the new store within the next year.’

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