Haldanes supermarket secures first store south of the border

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New supermarket chain Haldanes, which opened its doors in Scotland this week, is set to open its first store in England in January.

Haldanes has bought a Somerfield store in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, from The Co-operative Group and will start trading in the last week of January.

"This deal is great news for Tattershall because it guarantees the jobs of the existing staff and will give people in the community a refreshing new shopping experience," said chairman Arthur Harris.

Haldanes opened its first store, in Prestonpans, Scotland, on Wednesday. It is set to open a further three stores in the next few weeks and plans to have 50 stores within four years.

"We are in preliminary discussions with other supermarket operators around the country for possible acquisitions," Harris said. "Our immediate plans that is up until around Easter next year means we will be running stores that will guarantee the jobs of the existing 728 [Somerfield] staff."

Meanwhile, Asco Stores, which is set to open its first store, in Warrington, on 27 November, has admitted its name is a play on Asda and Tesco. Asco would not originally comment on the origin of its name, but operations manager Dave Laney has now conceded: "The name came from light-hearted banter. When we first started talking to suppliers, we didn't have a name and one suggested a mix of two supermarket names as a bit of a joke. So we decided to do it."

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