It has been revealed today that the SPAR store in Bonnyrigg is to close in October.
C J Lang, the SPAR wholesaler for Scotland, blamed rising costs in the retail sector for the decision to close the Polton Street store after 20 years of trading.
A statement from the company said: “Despite these best endeavours and the effort shown by staff, the store in Bonnyrigg is in a position where it cannot continue as a sustainable SPAR business.
“The decision to close a store has been a very difficult one, but we will consult with Bonnyrigg employees and will do all we can to minimise possible redundancies.”
The company is also working closely with the Post Office to try and find an alternative location to maintain service to the local community after the SPAR store closes on October 1.
CJ Lang’s statement added: “We would like to thank all our customers and staff for their loyalty and support over the 20 years we have traded in Bonnyrigg.”
Midlothian Council leader and Bonnyrigg councillor Derek Milligan said: “It’s going to be a real concern in Bonnyrigg.
“I have already been in touch with the head of economic development at the council. With the future of the Post Office uncertain, and Bank of Scotland shutting its doors to the public, we will be seeking a meeting as soon as possible with both the Post Office and the owner of the building to see who is coming in.
“The loss of the post office would be devastating for the community. I’m just hopeful that someone will take on that building and retain the Post Office.”