Scotmid opens new store in Stevenston creating 12 jobs
Scotmid, the largest independent co-operative in Scotland, has opened the doors to its new Stevenston store in The Grange, the new business and commercial centre in the heart of the town.
Scotmid’s property department has been working closely with Irvine Bay Regeneration Company to ensure the new 2500 sq ft store at The Grange, Stevenston is fit for purpose and ready six weeks ahead of the original schedule.
North Ayrshire Councillor and local resident Alan Munro was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially welcome customers to the store.
Scott Thomson, Store Manager, said, “Everyone in Stevenston is very excited about the new store. Scotmid prides itself on being a vital part of the local community and we look forward to serving our Stevenston customers from this amazing new store with an extensive range of products and some great money-saving deals.”
Cllr Alan Munro said, "I am delighted to open this Scotmid store. It is great to have a co-operative in the town and I am sure it will be welcomed by local shoppers. It is also good news that 12 new jobs have been created."
Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “We are delighted The Grange Business Centre is already seeing tangible benefits with the store opening and the creation of new jobs and we hope this is just the start of its impact.
“The development responds to the need for good quality business accommodation to stimulate the local economy, encourage new businesses to start and to attract business relocation into the area. I am confident it will play a big role in helping to bring businesses to Stevenston, creating jobs in the process, as well as ensuring local businesses can grow and stay in the town.”
Stevenston will be one of Scotmid’s most eco-friendly stores with features such as doors on fridges, computer controlled refrigeration and energy saving lights which will adapt to the lighting level produced naturally. Scotmid differs from many other retailers in that it is governed by the principles of co-operation and is committed to supporting the communities it serves. It operates a Community Grant scheme which provides financial support to a range of community initiatives and helps to enhance the lives of people in the local area. The people of Stevenston are invited to apply to the scheme. Customers will also have the opportunity to become members of the Scotmid Co-operative Society.
Scotmid will operate its ‘Think 25’ policy in the new store. This means that anyone who does not clearly look over 25 years old will be asked for identification when buying age restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco.
The new store is at Main Street and Glebe Street.