A battle has erupted on Biggar High Street, one that Lanark fought – and some say lost – 30 years ago.
The arrival of the first of the major supermarket chains – Sainsbury’s – on the main shopping street has prompted an immediate counter-attack from a rival store that has been in Biggar just a bit longer.
Around 256 years longer, in fact...
In what is being seen as the first shots in a fight for survival of the independent, traditional Biggar shops against the tide of modern chain-store competition, Brownlie’s have carred out a major five-figure revamp of their licensed grocery store.
And the firm has stated quite openly that it was to ‘take on Sainsbury’s’ which has opened a “local” in the town.
For more on this story pick up a copy of the Carluke and Lanark Gazette, which is in the shops now.