reported in the Bo'ness Journal Tesco supermarket in Bo'ness
is due for a much needed refit. There has been long running criticism
of the commitment of the Tesco group to the Bo'ness store from many
quarters in the community.
refurbishment revealed this week by the supermarket chain is a £1.25
million project which they say will transform the store and new
store boss, of three weeks, Lloyd Ovenstone said: "This project
underlines Tesco's commitment to Bo'ness".
The work scheduled to start on January 27 is expected take around
12 weeks with the bulk of the work will be done at night and at
Ovenstone said: "It will transform the entire store and will
mean that we will be able to offer shoppers more lines principally
in the fresh food and wines and spirits departments."
An "open forum" meeting at which the all-new management
team will meet shoppers to discuss the proposed refurbishment is
scheduled to take place prior to work beginning and a number of
special promotions are planned when the refurbishment is completed
at the end of March.
The facelift includes new plant and refrigeration throughout the
store, new shelving with the introduction of two dual express checkouts
and upgrading of the checkouts.
The car park is also included in the facelift with the introduction
of covered trolley bays, more parent/ child and disabled parking
bays and the exterior of the building will also be renovated.
Mr Ovenstone said: "The refurbishment will give Bo'ness a supermarket
it can be proud of.
" I was aware of some of the community's concerns and I believe
all of these will be addressed by the refit."
Spokesman for the Community Council, Ken Wright, welcomed the news
as he had been critical the company for failing to deliver on a
refurbishment pledge last year.
Mr Wright said: "Hopefully it will increase the footfall in
the town centre and lead to a prosperous New Year for all town centre
"I also hope that housing developers in the area will mention
that the town has a Tesco supermarket, rather than directing them
to Linlithgow as has been the case."
Much more could be done to encourage shoppers into
the town and all interested groups in the town should work together
to ensure that every opportunity is taken to promote the regeneration
of the town centre and surrounding areas.
Bo'ness baby Emma was a first for parents, Dana and John Bow. The
happy event also makes history in being the last Christmas birth
for the maternity unit at Falkirk Royal Infirmary
due to close as part of the new health plans as Forth Valley Acute
Hospitals NHS Trust rings the changes.
expectant mums will have their babies delivered at Stirling
Royal Infirmary until the proposed new hospital is built. The
site for the new hospital has been the subject of a public consultation
(which ended December 31 2002) with public meetings held throughout
the region to discuss both the proposals and the preferred site.
was born two days early at 7.38 pm on Christmas Day - the only
baby delivered across the Forth Valley NHS Board region - and
weighed in at a healthy 7lb 8oz.
Boxing Day she was back home in Liddle Drive, Bo'ness, with
her proud mum and dad. Emma's arrival rounded off an eventful
year for the couple who were married in Gretna Green in February.
said: "She's absolutely beautiful." (Picture credit: