Sainsbury’s set to expand Kirkintilloch store

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Supermarket bosses have revealed plans to expand a town centre store.

Sainsbury’s last week lodged a Proposal of Application Notice with East Dunbartonshire Council relating to their store in Kirkintilloch.

There’s currently little detail available but the company want to engage with the local community before finalising the project.

The news comes weeks after Sim Properties unveiled plans to turn the former council headquarters at nearby Tom Johnston House into a major retail development, including a large supermarket.

The timing of Sainsbury’s announcement would suggest that they are not interested in moving to the new site, leaving Sim with one less major chain to negotiate with.

Andrew Sanderson, regional development manager for Sainsbury’s, said: “The Scottish Government has published a National Review of Town Centres which sets out a vision and principles for the future of town centres and East Dunbartonshire Council is currently working on plans for the regeneration of Kirkintilloch town centre.

“We have been operating successfully in the Townhead area of Kirkintilloch since 2003 and now want to explore ways to improve our offering to customers while at the same time making a contribution to the regeneration of Kirkintilloch town centre.

“In our Proposal of Application Notice we’ve have indicated that the store has the potential to be improved. However, we will be engaging with our customers and working with local traders before reaching any final conclusions on the best way forward.

“An improved store would allow us to increase employment and expand our shopping offer in Kirkintilloch whilst also make a contribution to the regeneration of the town centre.”

More on this story in next week’s Kirkintilloch Herald.

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