Rubber stamp for Dalkeith Morrisons store

Shops & former bus depot at Eskbank Road, Dalkeith
Shops & former bus depot at Eskbank Road, Dalkeith

A premises licence was granted on September 10 for a new Morrisons store at the old bus garage in Dalkeith ending doubts it would ever open.

The licence was accepted at the recent Licensing Board meeting at Midlothian House, much to the relief of local councillors.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Taylor from Morrisons said that the store would open in April next year, with the company’s £13 million investment creating 220 jobs.

Councillor Margot Russell (Lab), was delighted with this commitment from the supermarket chain and was happy she could let her constituents hear the good news following recent rumours that the store would never open.

She said: “I welcome this investment and I’m happy to see this before us, because it does quell any rumours going around.

“I can tell my constituents that Morrisons are spending this money in Dalkeith and it is most welcome.”

Councillor Owen Thompson (SNP), believed this would silence the doubters.

He said: “Its good to see Morrisons progressing with their application as the new store will bring jobs to Dalkeith. Despite some trying to play politics with this site and claiming uncertainty this shows the commitment to develop this site.”

The store will be built on land previously used as a bus garage by First Bus, which has recently been demolished.

Read more on this in the September 19 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.