La Porte Precinct Grangemouth
Local MSP welcomes retailer's plans to take over town's disused Tesco Metro store

One of United Kingdom's fastest growing variety retailers have revealed plans to open a new store in Grangemouth. B&M are poised to move into the former premises of Tesco Metro in Talbot Street, which had fallen into disuse in April when the shop was closed as part of a nationwide cull by the grocery giant of over forty outlets across the UK. 

This move will provide a complement for consumers to the store opened in Falkirk's Meadow Street Retail Park last year, creating almost sixty jobs.

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With the aim of selling quality brands at cut-down prices, the new store is set to provide shoppers from the local community with affordable merchandise covering a range of different categories - from electrical and home and living appliances to furniture, pet products and toys as well as basic everyday groceries.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald - who's Falkirk East constituency represents Grangemouth at the Scottish Parliament - has hailed the news from B&M as a triumph for the local economy. In a statement earlier today, Mr. MacDonald exclaimed, "I'm delighted to hear that B&M are opening a branch in my constituency and putting the old Tesco Metro store in Grangemouth to productive use.

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The MSP for Falkirk East continued, "Throughout the UK, B&M stores currently attract over 3 million shoppers per week. A commercial attraction of this kind will help increase footfall in the town and have a positive knock-on effect for other traders in the surrounding area too."

"This will provide a welcome boost in these tough economic times, which have seen some shops in Grangemouth's La Porte Precinct and York Arcade close and others struggle to make ends meet."

"Moreover, B&M have already started advertising for staff for their new Grangemouth store - a welcome boost for employment in the town, which suffered the loss of sixty eight jobs when the Tesco Metro store ceased trading in the Spring."

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Mr. MacDonald concluded his statement with a clarion call urging people to shop locally. He said, "Residents in Grangemouth must all do their bit to ensure the town centre not only survives, but thrives. 'Shop Local' should be the mantra everyone thinks of when going out to make a purchase."

"If we don't use our town centres, we will ultimately lose them. Let's make sure that doesn't happen - support your local shopkeepers."

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