Jackie Baillie, MSP for Helensburgh and Lomond, asked Waitrose bosses to keep their Helensburgh branch of the supermarket open beyond its May closing date to ensure that there is a continued supply of goods to local residents amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, the company confirmed that another retailer has bought the site.
Baillie urged Waitrose and the new retailer to work together to ensure that the public were not left without access to necessities.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“In normal times, it can take several months between one retailer leaving a premises and another being ready to open for business. But these aren’t normal times. It is vital that Waitrose and this new retailer work together to ensure that there is no gap where local residents are left without access to a large food shop.
“The staff that have lost their jobs as a result of the Waitrose closure need our full support now more than ever. In these times of uncertainty, our community has had to pull together to ensure that everyone has what they need. I hope that large businesses, such as supermarkets, understand that they have a responsibility to ensure that our local communities have access to the food shopping required to keep us going.”