The Co-operative Food’s plans for a new £4 million store on Langtongate, Duns, will be unveiled at a public exhibition later this month.
The new store will be around twice the size of the company’s existing business in Newtown Street, which will be sold on, although not to another supermarket chain.
If the plans go ahead it will be the second time in less than a decade that Duns has had a new Co-op building.
In 2006 the company spent £2 million to double the size of the company’s business premises in the town’s Market Square and built a new store on the site of the old Croall Bryson garage at Newtown Street. On that occasion up to six new jobs were expected to be created.
Now they are spending twice the amount they spent in 2005/6 to double the size of the store and this time expect 20 new full and part time jobs to be created.
The store will offer shoppers a wide selection of fresh and chilled products, ready meals, in-store bakery and an extensive wine range, including chilled champagne. A cash machine will also be available, as well as parking for up to 80 cars.
Chris Beebe, planning manager for The Co-operative Estates in Scotland, said: “Whilst our plans are not yet finalised, we wanted to share them with residents and gather their views around our current thinking before we take the proposals further.
“A convenience store with a strong emphasis on fresh produce will enable us to build upon an established customer base and provide an even better service for the community.
“The location is ideal for us, and we are very confident the new store will be an asset to the area.”
However, not everyone agrees that the location – next to the new high school – is ideal.
Situated on the western perimeter of the town, rather than in the centre Duns Community Council have been hearing from those who do not have their own transport, particularly elderly residents, who will have a longer walk to do their shopping in future.
The Co-op counter this by saying that they offer free delivery so people won’t have to carry their shopping home.
○Plans for the new store will be on display in the store foyer of The Co-operative Food, Newtown Street, Duns, on Friday, July 25, from 2-6pm.