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And all because the lady couldn’t buy pak …

Comment posted RIP Helensburgh town centre: Waitrose out of town location approved by Graeme mccormick.

And all because the lady couldn’t buy pak chow

Graeme mccormick also commented

  • siting Waitrose in east Helensburgh will not increase football to the town. Nor will it create new jobs. As the consumer spend is finite all it means is that some money spent in Helensburgh but more likely in Dumbarton will now be spent in Waitrose.

    Consequently any jobs created at Waitrose will result in fewer jobs in Asda and Morrisons in Dumbarton.

    bearing in mind that Dumbarton is the third poorest area in Scotland is there not a moral imperative on us to support Dumbarton where the loss of up to 180 jobs will have a devastating effect on these families who in all probability struggle much more than most Helensburgh families?

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