Scotmid Co-operative unveiled their modern state-of-the art store in Uddingston on Friday (13 July) – much to the delight of manager Campbell Lochrie, who began his association with the shop 26 years ago.
When the store, situated on Old Edinburgh Road, first opened its doors back in 1992, Campbell was a teenager, who stacked shelves and he continued to work in the shop for the following eight years before returning in 2012 to take charge as manager.
Campbell says he is really pleased to be able to usher in this new era at the store and believes the progressive changes will be well received by the local community.
Campbell said: “I’m extremely proud to see how the store has evolved over time and it is now great to see Scotmid investing in the future.
“The changes to the store will make a big difference to our members and customers – improving their shopping experience – and that will have an overall positive impact on the local community.
“Since 1992, there have been a lot of changes in the world of retail, but, including myself, eight original members of staff still work here and that is a fairly unique achievement.
“That speaks volumes about the connection our staff have with both the store and the local area – we are right at the heart of the community we serve and proud of it.”
The store, which features a craft butcher, Henderson of Hamilton, has undergone a complete modernisation incorporating new state-of-the-art refrigeration cabinets run on CO2 refrigerant, the latest energy-saving technologies, as well as a new style counter arrangement which will include an expanded range of Food to Go products.
When the doors reopened, over 200 local people had queued up to be a part of the milestone event with lucky customer Martin Young winning a new 43” smart HD TV.