Surplus store opens doors

Company Shop in Renfrew interior

SCOTLAND’S first ‘redistribution supermarket’ has opened in Renfrew.

Company Shop, located in the Blythswood Retail Park, purchases surplus stock from food manufacturers that would have otherwise gone to waste.

The stock is then sold on to members at up to 70% off the normal retail price – with products sourced from a variety of multiples including M&S, Tesco, Nestle and Waitrose.

Membership of the Company Shop is free, but it’s only open to people who work in the food manufacturing industry, as well as current and retired NHS, Police or Fire Service workers.

The social enterprise was set up in order to tackle the problem of surplus food and food waste.

It has six shops located across England, which handled more than 60 million tonnes of surplus stock in 2018 that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

The group is expected to open a second Scottish store in Edinburgh next month.