A NEW era was signalled for Milngavie’s iconic Co-op building this week as budget retailer Poundstretcher moved in.
The value store opened to customers on Thursday - after the site had lain empty for a year.
New Poundstretcher store manager Ian Sandlon said that 14 new, local jobs have been created and that the move “represents a significant financial investment in the town.”
He said: “We’ve had really positive comments from shoppers in Milngavie about the new Poundstretcher store. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the store.
“Poundstretcher is famous for its unbeatable, value prices on a huge range of homewares, garden products, electricals, DIY, toys, clothes, stationery, motoring, pet products and much more. We are really helping people make every penny count.
“The store will also offer great value on everyday items such as food, toiletries and household goods. Once again, shoppers will find big savings on big brand names on everything from baked beans, sugar and soft drinks, to shampoo, toothpaste and washing powder.”
A huge hole was ripped in Milngavie Precinct when Clydebank Co-op announced, last January, it was to close. The store was well known to generations of people brought up in Milngavie - and was where many people purchased school uniforms for their children.
However, the company was forced to pull out of Milngavie citing unfavourable trading conditions - and the presence of “large superstores on the edge of towns.”
This week, Clydebank Co-op chief executive Robert Sider said: “The society is delighted we have been able to finalise a deal that will enhance and improve the town centre.
“We would ask the good people of Milngavie to support Poundstretcher, and all retail outlets in the town centre, as the society was bitterly disappointed at having to pull out of Milngavie town centre in the first place.”