Upgrade doubt for Rothesay’s Co-op supermarket

The car park at Rothesay's Co-operative supermarket is to be repainted as part of an upgrade of the store.
The car park at Rothesay's Co-operative supermarket is to be repainted as part of an upgrade of the store.

Rothesay’s Co-operative supermarket shoppers may have to wait a while yet for the major refit promised to customers at a meeting in the town last year.

Co-op managers advised last September that the Bridge Street store would receive an internal refit early in 2015, partly in response to what was then thought to be the imminent arrival of a Tesco Express store in Guildford Square.

But as we reported on Friday, Tesco has now scrapped its plans to set up a store in Rothesay.

The condition of the car park outside the store was raised at Bute Community Council’s most recent meeting - after which local Argyll and Bute councillor Robert Macintyre advised BCC members, following a conversation with the shop’s manager, that internal improvements, re-lining of the car park and trimming back of the hedges around the car park entrance would take place in September.

When we contacted the Co-operative Group to find out details of those internal improvements, however, a spokesperson said: “We are currently considering refitting our Rothesay store which would completely transform the shopping experience.

“However, we are still at the planning and costing stage and so we cannot say exactly when this will happen.”