Tesco de­liv­er­ies to re­mote com­mu­nity re­turn

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY ALIS­TAIR MUNRO

A re­mote High­land com­mu­nity is fi­nally get­ting de­liv­er­ies from su­per­mar­ket gi­ant Tesco af­ter a sur­prise U-turn by the chain.

Res­i­dents of Strath­naver, in Suther­land, were left fum­ing when Tesco with­drew the ser­vice ear­lier this year – and to add in­sult to in­jury, they had to watch as de­liv­ery vans con­tin­ued to drive past their homes to reach other ru­ral lo­ca­tions. But fol­low­ing a long cam­paign by 61-year-old Steve Bernard, high­lighted in a se­ries of ar­ti­cles by The Press and Jour­nal, Tesco has “seen com­mon sense” and rein­tro­duced the ser­vice.

Su­per­mar­ket bosses had with­drawn Strath­naver from its catch­ment area sev­eral months ago, cit­ing pres­sure on driv­ers’ work­ing hours.

How­ever, res­i­dents have been in­formed that the Strath­naver post­code has now been added to the com­puter sys­tem to al­low de­liv­er­ies, to be made from the near­est store in Wick, 45 miles away.

Mr Bernard, a full-time carer for his 90-year-old mother, said: “It is amaz­ing they have fi­nally re­lented and have de­cided to see com­mon sense.

“Every­one in Strath­naver is very pleased. I am seen as a lo­cal hero for con­tin­u­ally pes­ter­ing the firm, but this is also thanks to the Press and Jour­nal.

“Tesco have ob­vi­ously seen sense af­ter see­ing the ad­verse me­dia cov­er­age it was get­ting.”

Mr Bernard said: “The de­liv­ery ser­vice is es­sen­tial for me be­cause I care full-time for my mother.

“There is no lo­cal shop and it meant hav­ing to make a 90mile round trip and leav­ing my mum dur­ing that time.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We will al­ways try and serve our cus­tomers.” He added that this was a tem­po­rary of­fer­ing which will be re­viewed in the new year.

SUR­PRISED: Steve Bernard, who cam­paigned to have Tesco re­in­state de­liv­er­ies, is de­lighted the store has done so

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