The new-look store, situated on Bavelaw Road, underwent a complete transformation over a five-week period with the emphasis on introducing increased fresh food, the installation of a Costa Express coffee machine and other progressive changes.
When the doors reopened, the first 50 customers were all rewarded with shopping bags filled with daily essential groceries.
Plus they also received envelopes containing golden tickets that entitled lucky recipients to unforgettable gifts.
Local and regular customer Alison Payne won a 40-inch television and says the gift was a memorable Christmas present from her local convenience store.
Alison said: “I’m in the store every day and this was the perfect early Christmas surprise.
“When I opened the envelope and saw I’d won I couldn’t believe it – it’s totally amazing.
“The refurbished store looks great and the new range of fresh food available is a really good idea.”
Fellow Balerno resident Natasha Anderson visited the store with her daughter Ellie and her golden ticket enabled her to win an iPad Mini.
Natasha said: “Winning the iPad Mini was brilliant and I really like the new-look of the store; I come in here all the time and will definitely continue to do so.”
New store manager Shona Cameron welcomes the transformation and says the feedback from customers has been really positive.
Shona said: “Our store is a big part of the community here in Balerno and the relaunch proved to be very successful.
“All the customers have noticed a big change to the store and have been impressed with what’s now available.
“Congratulations to Alison and Natasha for winning the prizes – it was a special way to reopen the doors to the store to our local community.”
Over the past three years, Scotmid Co-operative have donated over £6,000 to local community groups in the Balerno area through the Community Grant Scheme.
Community groups who have benefitted include Harmeny AC Pentland Runners, Balerno Village Screen, Harmeny Education Trust and Currie Community Rugby Trust plus many others.