New Co-op for Bearsden

building opposite bearsden train station
building opposite bearsden train station

A CO-OPERATIVE Food store will open in Bearsden’s Station Road in October as part of the company’s ambitious expansion plans in Scotland.

The shop, opposite Bearsden train station, replaces a small car washing business and will be around 2,500 square feet.

Co-operative, a consumer-owned retailer, now operates a food store in every postal area in the UK, a milestone achieved earlier this year with the opening of its flagship Strand store in London.

UK wide, it has announced plans to open more than 300 food outlets over the next three years, creating around 7,000 jobs.

In Scotland, as many as 40 potential sites are currently being considered for new Co-operative Food stores.

John McNeill, Co-operative Food’s regional operations director in Scotland, said: “These are exciting times for us. Following the acquisition and integration of Somerfield we are looking to expand our estate still further.

“We already have stores at the heart of communities right across Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders. Our food property team is actively looking for opportunities to grow the business, by liaising with agents, landlords and developers to identify the right properties in the right locations.”

The Bearsden store is one of four to open in Scotland in the autumn including Darvel in Ayshire, Bishopton in Renfrewshire and one in Livingston.

Mr McNeil said: “Scotland has always been very important to The Co-operative. We are proud of our record of serving the nation’s diverse communities, from city centres to small islands, and it is key to our future that we continue to grow here.”