Waitrose sets Newton Mearns store opening date

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Waitrose is to open its first new-build store in Scotland on 12 May, the company has confirmed.

Up to 200 new jobs will be created when it opens in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire.

The 25,000-sq-ft (2,323-sq-m) store will be the company's fourth and largest outlet in Scotland.

It will bring the total number of staff employed in Scotland by Waitrose and its owners, the John Lewis Partnership, to more than 2,650.

Waitrose's sourcing team are currently meeting local producers to add to the 300 Scottish lines already introduced to its stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

A "Meet the Buyer" event, organised by Scotland Food and Drink, will be held during March in Glasgow.

Waitrose currently has stores in Glasgow's west end and in Morningside and Comely Bank in Edinburgh.

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