First Min­is­ter opens Lidl’s 90th store in Scot­land

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Sal­mond was in Ruther­glen last week when he opened a new su­per­mar­ket.

Mr Sal­mond met shop­pers and staff as he toured the new Lidl store on East Main Street last Thurs­day evening, with the shop cre­at­ing 25 per­ma­nent jobs.

This is Lidl’s 90th store in Scot­land, which opened to the pub­lic at 8am when for­mer Pop Idol win­ner Michelle McManus cut the rib­bon to open the store, be­fore the First Min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial open­ing later in the day.

Mr Sal­mond said: “Scot­land is an at­trac­tive place for com­pa­nies from all over the globe to invest and do business. Lidl in­vests mil­lions of pounds each year, sup­port­ing thou­sands of jobs and it is a great plea­sure to of­fi­cially open Lidl’s 90th store in Ruther­glen, in what is their 20th year of op­er­at­ing in Scot­land.

“Lidl’s com­mit­ment to lo­cal prod­ucts is also to be applauded. By sourc­ing prod­ucts from Scot­tish sup­pli­ers they al­low our great pro­duce to be en­joyed by more cus­tomers at home. This brings the fur­ther ben­e­fits of con­tribut­ing to the eco­nomic growth, spread­ing the word about the im­por­tance of prove­nance of food and drink, and recog­nis­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of sourc­ing lo­cal pro­duce.”

He also took a pop at Asda’s pres­i­dent Andy Clarke, who, dur­ing the in­de­pen­dence de­bate, said prices would soar in an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land.

Mr Sal­mond added: “This is my first su­per­mar­ket open­ing. There were a num­ber of rea­sons to open the store - staff have raised cash for good causes, I am im­pressed by the new store and be­cause Lidl isn’t Asda.”

B u t Ja m e s Ke l l y , M S P for Ruther­glen, hit out, and said: “The First Min­is­ter has man­aged to triv­i­alise the pos­i­tive cre­ation of new jobs by Lidl in Ruther­glen to fur­ther his own petty agenda against ev­ery one who dared ques­tion him.

“The re­al­ity is the ref­er­en­dum is over and vast majority of peo­ple in Scot­land have ac­cepted the re­sult. The chal­lenge for us all now is to move on and get on with job of build­ing a bet­ter, fairer, Scot­land, not re­live grudges.

“In­stead of snip­ing about those who have sup­pos­edly wronged him, Alex Sal­mond should spend his last few weeks in of­fice con­sid­er­ing how we can cre­ate more jobs in Ruther­glen and across Scot­land”

Lidl said that the Ruther­glen o p e n i n g d e m o n s t ra t e s t h e i r con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to Scot­land. So far this year, in Scot­land, Lidl has in­vested over £10 mil­lion in build­ing new stores and re­fur­bish­ing older stores.

The su­per­mar­ket has al­lo­cated in ex­cess of £ 50 mil­lion to be in­vested, over the next 12 months, in fur­ther store re­fur­bish­ments, store re­lo­ca­tions, the con­struc­tion of at least three new Lidl stores and the ex­pan­sion of its Scot­tish Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tre.

Ross Mil­lar, Lidl’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in Scot­land, said; “We’re fo­cused on one sin­gle goal - en­sur­ing our cus­tomers re­ceive the fresh­est, high­est-qual­ity prod­ucts pos­si­ble at the best value. This lat­est phase in our growth is a tes­ta­ment to the con­tin­u­ing suc­cess of Lidl in Scot­land. Peo­ple all over the coun­try are re­al­is­ing they can make huge sav­ings on their weekly gro­cery shop with us, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity.”

Warm wel­come Alex Sal­mond is wel­comed to Ruther­glen’s Lidl store by sales man­ager Robert Docherty

d with Katie Hin­shaw at the bak­ery

Good food First Min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond tries some free sam­ples at Lidl in Ruther­glen, with Karen Ar­rol (left) and Vic­to­ria Cochran (right)

Of­fi­cial open­ing Alex Sal­mond opens the 90th Lidl store in Scot­land, which is in Ruther­glen

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