Morrisons is planning a move into Scotland with a clutch of new stores in and around large cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The move would give the Bradford based chain a national presence with stores stretching from Erith to Falkirk as it expands its portfolio beyond its traditional stronghold in northern England.

Property director Roger Owen said planning permission had been secured for Morrison’s first Scottish store, which will be built on the pitch of Falkirk FC’s Brockville stadium, with several other sites under review in central Scotland. “We have exchanged contracts at Brockville,” said Owen. “And it’s no secret we have ambitions in the Scottish market.”

However, he would not reveal details of store numbers or investment plans for Scotland, and declined to comment on reports that management had set aside £150m for a 15-store ‘invasion’.

For more details see this week’s issue of The Grocer magazine.