October opening for new Lidl store
Booze floorspace increased by 50 per cent
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.
Open all hours Rutherglen’s new Lidl store will open in October