First Minister opens Lidl’s 90th store in Scotland
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