Questionmark still hangs over former Haldanes store

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FURTHER speculation that the Co-op would reopen the former Haldanes store in Kelso was quashed again last week.

The issue came up at a meeting of Kelso Community Council when councillor Colin McGrath reported a supermarket insider had said the prohibition on two of the same supermarkets trading in a town had been lifted and that the reopening of the Roxburgh Street shop had been given the nod at a national committee level but had yet to go before a regional committee.

He said: “A regional committee has never before refused a reopening so it is really rubber stamping.”

However in response to a query, another Co-op insider told Scottish Borders Councillor Tom Weatherston: “This area still remains sensitive. I am unable to give you any further insight into this yet.

He continued: “I can confirm that no matter the outcome, we will continue to trade at the Highcroft store.”

And in response to an enquiry from TheSouthern a spokesperson for The Co-operative Group said: “We have been reviewing our options regarding the sites of a number of former Haldanes, including Kelso.

“No decision has yet been made about the Kelso store and The Co-operative Group is continuing to market the site, in the hope of finding a suitable retailer interested in acquiring it.”