A POPULAR store which has served a community near Glasgow for 24 years is to close.

Lidl at the shopping precinct on Grampian Way in the Baljaffray area of Bearsden will shut on May 1, the supermarket giant has confirmed.

Lidl said the decision had been taken because the store is "no longer fit for purpose."

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A spokesperson for Lidl said: “In the last year, we've opened a brand-new store in Anniesland, which is almost double the size of the Lidl on Grampian Way, providing households in the area with an enhanced shopping experience.

“With no potential to expand the Bearsden store, after 24 years it is no longer fit for purpose.

"The area remains on our site requirements list, and our dedicated property team is actively looking for alternative sites.

“All colleagues have been offered redeployment opportunities, and in addition to our Anniesland store, customers can still access our great value products at the nearby Mill Road store in Yoker.”

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Prior to this confirmation, Amy Callaghan MP explained last week that she had contacted Lidl about the concerns over the future of the store.

In a post on Facebook, she said: “I have stressed how vital this store is to our local community in Baljaffray.

"Having an affordable store with locally sourced produce in our community particularly helps those struggling with the cost-of-living-crisis.

“I will continue to ensure the importance of keeping the store open is at the forefront of all my discussions with Lidl.”