Oc­to­ber open­ing for new Lidl store

Booze floorspace in­creased by 50 per cent

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A new Lidl store in Ruther­glen is set to open at the end of Oc­to­ber.

The in­for­ma­tion was re­vealed at a li­cens­ing board last week when the com­pany were granted per­mis­sion to in­crease their booze floorspace by nearly 50 per cent.

Solic­i­tor An­drew Hunter, rep­re­sent­ing Lidl, said the es­ti­mated open­ing date for the store on the site of the old Rich­mond Park Laun­dry was Oc­to­ber 23.

He told the board, which con­sisted of six Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang coun­cil­lors, that the com­pany was in­tro­duc­ing a con­cept called the Wine Cel­lar in all its stores na­tion­wide.

He said: “This will bring a range of high end, award-win­ning wines. We are talk­ing about high value items.”

Lidl were pre­vi­ously granted a pro­vi­sional li­cence to sell booze in March, some­thing that paved the way for the project, which could cre­ate around 25 jobs, to be com­pleted.

Chair of the board, Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie, crit­i­cised the com­pany for com­ing back so soon af­ter the grant­ing of that li­cence to ask for the floorspace to be in­creased.

He said: “I have no ob­jec­tions when you have good com­pa­nies com­ing in be­cause it brings choices and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“But I’m a bit dis­ap­pointed that in only five months down the line from be­ing granted the li­cence you are ask­ing to add half (of the floorspace) on top off that again.

“There is a cul­ture, un­for­tu­nately, in the west of Scot­land where liquor plays a part in what is hap­pen­ing to our health and we are not will­ing to pro­mote any op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease po­ten­tial prob­lems.”

Mr Hunter re­as­sured the board it was not a case of Lidl tar­get­ing the Ruther­glen store, rather it was linked to a na­tional change.

He said the com­pany were “mar­ket lead­ers,” in pro­mot­ing public health, say­ing they were the first su­per­mar­ket to stop sell­ing cig­a­rettes and the first to take sug­ary treats away from the im­me­di­ate till area.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, Mr Hunter said the in­crease would not have an ef­fect on al­co­hol sales, say­ing it might even lead to a re­duc­tion with peo­ple buy­ing just one bot­tle of pricey wine rather than two bot­tles of cheap wine.

Coun­cil­lor Clearie added: “Lidl is a good brand name, which is why I wished you all the best in March. I am just wor­ried about al­co­hol con­sump­tion which brings its own dis­ease.”

De­spite Coun­cil­lor Clearie’s mis­giv­ings, the board unan­i­mously voted to ap­prove the plans.

The plan will see the floorspace in­crease from 30 square me­tres to 43.8.

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