Milngavie Tesco getting a facelift

refurbishment with store manager Maureen Gallagher and Greig Cummings holding a sign to help people find items. 'Photo Emma Mitchell'19/7/13
refurbishment with store manager Maureen Gallagher and Greig Cummings holding a sign to help people find items. 'Photo Emma Mitchell'19/7/13

Tesco in Milngavie is currently being refurbished after plans to build a new, much bigger store - extending into the existing car park - were shelved.

The new-look store will be relaunched at the beginning of September - with the work due to be completed by September 2.

There will be brand new deli, meat and fish counters, bakery and produce section.

The customer toilets have also been refurbished to make them more modern and user-friendly with new more efficient handryers.

There will also be a fresh look and feel in the clothing section of the store.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We are always keen to make sure that we are offering customers the best possible service in Milngavie so we are carrying out some work within the store.

“It will make the store brighter and better equipped so that it’s everything that people are looking for from us.

“We have helpers in store just now to direct people to products if they are struggling to find them and we are sorry for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the work at the moment but we are sure it will be worth the temporary upheaval.

“We are very proud to be able to continue to invest in our stores to create a pleasant shopping environment for everyone.

“We’re always looking to make sure shops are as good as they can be and we think this new store will be a huge improvement.”

Campaigners argued that a new, larger store would have sucked the life out of Milngavie Precinct and threaten the future of local businesses who are already struggling to survive due to the economic downturn.

A spokesperson for We Like Milngavie said: “We welcome the refurbishment of the existing store and would be keen to work with Tesco in the future for the mutual benefit of store and community.”

Fiona Risk, convener of Milngavie Community Council, said: “We are delighted that Tesco has decided to refurbish the store and we look forward to working with Tesco, East Dunbartonshire Council, local traders and residents to create a vibrant town centre which will attract local residents and visitors. The future of small town centres is uncertain and we need to investigate innovative ways of securing a viable future for Milngavie.”

The store is situated next to Milngavie’s historic grade B listed building Gavin’s Mill, which is now a restaurant.

Gavin’s Mill dates back to at least 1670 when it had a wheel driven by water in the Allander.

It was operated as a mill until about 1960.