Kids open new Co-op in Mearns

Pictured left to right are Max Kelly (4), Erin Rooney (4), Emma Wright (4) and Arthur Morton (4) from Kirkhillgait Nursery School.
Pictured left to right are Max Kelly (4), Erin Rooney (4), Emma Wright (4) and Arthur Morton (4) from Kirkhillgait Nursery School.

A new Co-op has opened in Newton Mearns — with the creation of 17 new jobs — with the ribbon being cut by pupils from a local nursery school.

The shop, which cost £700,000 to build in Broom Road East, was officially opened by children from nearby Kirkhillgait Nursery School. The kids clearly relished their role.

The store is also trailblazing a new project, known as a Community Pioneer, where a member of the food store team will work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping understand and develop solutions to meet community needs, including support for the British Red Cross, the Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.

Paul French, Manager of the store, said: “We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Newton Mearns and delighted that we have a fantastic new food store with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team.

“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit. The store will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how The Co-operative can benefit local groups.

“I am extremely confident indeed we will provide the community with everything needed.”