after months of waiting and some hot political debate, the wraps finally came off the new Asda store last week.
Local shoppers keen for a bargain formed a queue along with pupils from the nearby Strathmore Primary School as local hero William Milne stepped up to cut the ribbon.
William was nominated by his many friends and neighbours in and around Kemsley Place after he cleared all the snow from houses; he even cleared a path from the houses to the local shop to allow neighbours to get their groceries.
He checks in with neighbours to see if they are OK, puts their bins out for them and then brings them in again.
On top of that, he weeds their gardens and washes their windows for them, and if any are ill he will make them a cup of tea and generally looks after them.
As neighbour Pat Greig said, on behalf of all locals: “Nothing is too much for this man – he just does everything without being asked”.
Given this remarkable contribution to the community, William’s friends nominated him in their droves to give him the title of ‘local hero’. He was the VIP at the opening, and received £100 to spend in store.
Store manager David Ritchie, said: “It was a real honour to welcome William as our local hero. I want our Asda colleagues to reflect his work ethic and sense of community and make our customers proud.”
The new Asda store has provided an initial 230 new jobs in the community and features a George clothing department, customer restaurant, bakery, fresh fish counter and everything needed for a full weekly shop.
Asda is this year’s winner of the UK Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year Award, and the new store on New Road will also feature the Butcher’s Selection range and Asda’s exciting new Chosen by you Scotland traditional Scottish products. Customers can use the Asda Price Guarantee (APG) which allows shoppers the chance to compare the price of their shop with competitor supermarkets and if Asda isn’t 10% cheaper, it will refund the difference.