Skye MSP meets with Co-op senior management about seasonal supply concerns

The constituency MSP for Skye recently met with senior management at the Co-op to discuss local concerns about the lack of available fresh produce in its biggest Portree store.

With the continued surge in visitor numbers to the island, some constituents had told Kate Forbes that there were notable times in the year where they particularly struggled to get any fresh produce in the fruit and veg and bakery aisles.

Ms Forbes was in Portree recently and met with Daniel Simpson, regional operations manager for the Co-op, at its Woodpark Road store.

Mr Simpson said the supermarket chain was continually looking at how it can improve its service to customers on Skye.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “In light of local comments, I had a meeting with the Co-op in Portree.

“I met with senior and local managers to discuss how the store responds to the requirements of the local community.

“I recognise that, particularly at the height of summer, the shelves can get bare very quickly and there also have been questions about lack of competition on the island.

“I raised all these issues, and more, and I’m delighted that managers at the Co-op are willing to consider how to continue serving the local community as well as possible.

“They explicitly asked that anybody with thoughts or comments get in touch directly with them and they will do what they can to respond.”

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