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Co-op plan return to border town

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Co-op plan return to border town

A NEW grocery store is set to create jobs in Gretna next summer.

The Co-op Group are investing what they describe as a six-figure sum to open a new food store at a former garage in Annan Road.

It is part of an £11 million plan to open 20 new stores across Scotland.

A number of new jobs will be created at the Gretna site but the exact number will not be known until nearer the opening date.

John McNeill, Co-op divisional managing director, said: “Consumer habits are changing and we know that shoppers simply want to buy what they want, when they want.

“With a store in every postal area, we’re conveniently placed to serve the needs of today’s consumers.”

The Co-op, which is a membership organisation, plans to extend its charitable activities to the Gretna area.

It will be a return to the town for the movement.

An Annan and District Co-operative Society, later Lothian and Border Co-operative, store was located in Central Avenue but closed around 30 years ago.

More recently the town’s pharmacy on Annan Road was operated by The Co-operative until changing hands more than a year ago.



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