Following the understanding that it is Morrison’s that has bought the Waitrose Helensburgh building, Jackie Baillie – MSP for Helensburgh and Lomond – has written to the chief executive of the new store calling for the shop to be open as soon as possible.
It had previously been announced that following Waitrose closing its doors in May, the (then unnamed retailer) would not be opening until December.
Due to the extraordinary increase in demand for essential goods as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, Jackie Baillie had called on Waitrose to work alongside the new retailer to ensure that local residents were not left without access to a supermarket.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“I am glad that after much delay, local understanding is that Morrison’s will take the place of Waitrose in Helensburgh.
“It is now the responsibility of these two supermarket chains to work together to ensure that local residents are not left without easy access to essential products as this crisis continues to escalate.
“I have written to Morrison’s asking them to put the needs of vulnerable local people ahead of any pre-existing business plans that they may have. I am not willing to sit on the side-lines and watch local residents be forgotten about during this uncertain time.”