Plans for a new Co-op on land near the new Berwickshire High School at Duns have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council this week.
The new store will be almost three times the size of the existing Co-op store in Newtown Street, Duns, with a 64 space customer car park, dedicated taxi drop-offs and cycle parking.
In their application The Co-operative explains that the proposed new store will not result in significantly different goods being sold from their current Duns store, but it will allow them to carry a wider range of product lines.
The Newtown Street Co-op has been trading for ten years but The Co-operative argue that it is too small: the aisles are too narrow; checkout provision is insufficient; there are difficulties replenishing shelves during busy times; there is a lack of storage which requires them to have more frequent deliveries; and the car park is too small.
“Today customers expect supermarkets to provide an attractive and spacious shopping environment allowing them to undertake their shopping trip efficiently and in relative comfort,” says their planning application.
“The existing Co-op store does not allow for this and consequently the Co-operative Group is keen to meet customer expectations and demands in Duns by making a significant investment to provide a new larger foodstore in Duns, improving the quality of the existing store.”
Future plans for the present Co-op store in Newtown Street include an application being made to the council seeking permission for alterations that will allow it be to subdivided into new medium sized retail premises “to ensure that the site continues to make a positive contribution to the town centre”.