Waitrose’s first new-build store in Scotland opened its doors to the public in Newton Mearns on 12 May, 2011.

The project was carried out by Main Contractors Marshall Construction with architectural services by Bracewell Stirling Consulting.

Waitrose Newton Mearns is the retailer’s fourth and largest store in Scotland and construction of the 36,000 sq ft building, which has a sales area of 25,000sq ft and a 180 space car park, represents an expansion by Waitrose in Scotland as part of a UK-wide growth strategy by the supermarket.

More than 200 new jobs will be created at Waitrose Newton Mearns. All new employees will become Partners (as all Waitrose employees are known) in the John Lewis Partnership.

Waitrose’s local and regional sourcing team have met with a wide range of local producers, tasting products from around Scotland to complement the 300 or so Scottish lines already introduced to the stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Tracey Marshall, local and regional product manager for Waitrose, said: “We have found some innovative companies in Glasgow and the West of Scotland that epitomise the qualities we look for in new suppliers: delicious tasting products that are made using the highest quality ingredients.

Greenlaw Village Development“We already have many long-established suppliers in Scotland, such as our beef farmers, and are proud to work with fantastic companies who supply Waitrose UK-wide, such as Gigha Island Halibut and West Brewery.”

The store forms the second phase of the new Greenlaw Neighbourhood Centre, a £30 million mixed-use development in the heart of Newton Mearns.