Scottish Spar chain Botterills Convenience Stores opened its 31st store last week in the first phase of a year-long programme of expansion and upgrades. The store ­ in Livingston ­ has been brought under the Spar banner and redesigned to meet Spar's millennium store standard. Managing director Jim Botterill predicted In October that five new stores, together with the £160,000 worth of upgrades would take Botterills' annual sales to £51m. Five refurbishments ­ Peterculter, Bellshill, Renfrew, Helmsdale and Galaschields ­ will be unveiled in the next fortnight, along with two new stores at Solway and Tarbolton. Botterills has also confirmed it plans a new store on a greenfield site in June 2001. The Livingston store, which includes an ATM, a PayPoint, a bigger dairy cabinet, a video section and a beer and wines department, marks Spar's return to the town after 30 years. It will provide 15 new jobs. {{NEWS }}