Co-op members air concerns over Rothesay supermarket

The Co-operative Food store in Rothesay's Bridge Street.
The Co-operative Food store in Rothesay's Bridge Street.

Concerns over the quality available to Bute shoppers were brought to Co-op managers at a meeting to mark the organisation’s 150th birthday.

So says Bute resident and Co-op member Peter Slepokura, who attended the meeting at Rothesay Pavilion and came away with the feeling that “an uneasy truce” had been declared between management and members over the supermarket in the town’s Bridge Street.

“The Bridge Street store is one of the most profitable in Scotland apparently,” Mr Slepokura said.

“Since Co-op took over the supermarket general standards have fallen. There was praise for the local staff, but clear general concern that management are complacent, happy to make big profits while allowing the store to deteriorate.”

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “We hold regular area members’ meetings, and the feedback of local members on our Bridge Street store on Bute is very important to us.

“We realise that we play a vital role on the island and strive to offer customers the best service possible, including offering Bute shoppers the same price for products as those in our other mainland stores.”

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