Scottish Stop

Tesco-owned convenience store operator and franchise operation One Stop has officially opened its first store in Scotland.

A former pub site in Fallin, near Stirling, is the location of the company-owned store.  The 2,270 sq ft One Stop employs 10 staff and opened in time to donate sweets, crisps and juice for Fallin’s gala day.

One Stop Fallin

Store manager Kat Ward said the store had “exceeded expectations” over its first few days.

One Stop has made regularly changing offers an important part of its strategy, along with ‘three for £3’ meal deals and the pricing of key products like milk, bread and eggs at £1.

Store manager Kat Ward
Store manager Kat Ward

As well as  food and off-licence lines, the new store features PayPoint, Lottery, an ATM and a photo booth.

Mark Williams, One Stop’s retail director, said the company focuses on neighbourhoods, aiming to make each store a big part of its community.

“I think it’s important to tweak the offer for different areas of the country. What works in one location might not work quite as well in another,” he said.

Tony Reed, CEO of One Stop, said: “This is a momentous day for One Stop and will allow us to continue our expansion through both company-owned and franchise stores.”

One Stop revealed its intention to launch in the Scottish market in late 2014 and will grow from the central belt outwards.

Its second Scottish company store recently opened its doors in Glenrothes, Fife.

And two independent retailers have just begun trading under One Stop’s franchise model, having had EPoS systems installed.  The locations, which are still being kept under wraps, are due to undergo full refits soon.