IT IS less than three months untill Waitrose opens its doors in Newton Mearns on May 12.
On Tuesday, the company began its recruitment drive which could potentially see up to 200 local jobseekers return to work.
bUT local councillor Gordon McCaskill maintains that it’s not good for the area.
He, along with colleagues Barbara Grant and Leslie Rosin, voted against the store’s planning application.
News of the jobs has done nothing to change Mr McCaskill’s mind.
He told The Extra: “Marks and Spencers at the Avenue is also expanding - which will in itself bring more jobs to the area - and both shops aim at similar areas of the market.
“As housing development plans for Greenlaw have fallen through, the shop is now in the middle of nowhere instead of being a heart of a new community.
“And there is not an unlimited amount of people who can afford to shop in upmarket stores - something has to give. There is no guarantee of long term benefits”.
However, rival councillor Ian McAlpine remains firmly in support of the plan.
He countered: “I feel the current recruitment drive justifies our support of building Waitrose. “At 25,000 square feet, it will be twice the size of their only other outlet in Glasgow so shoppers will be attracted to the area.
“They are good quality jobs and it’s good for Newton Mearns and East Renfrewshire as a whole”.
Vincent Waters, chair of East Ren chamber of commerce thinks the main threat to local shopping does not come from Waitrose.
He added: “The shop will bring more people into Newton Mearns from Ayrshire and Glasgow. It will provide minimal competition.
“The real threat to exisiting supermarkets is Greenlaw’s Tesco”.
All new employees will become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership, entitling them to a say in how the business is run, and an annual share in its profits from next year.
Job vacancies will be advertised on the Partnership’s own job website – www.jlpjobs.com – from ten more days.
Meanwhile, Waitrose Newton Mearns will launch its Community Matters scheme as soon as the store opens, allowing customers to have a say in how £1,000 a month is spent on local charities and projects.