Dundee Lochee which was the last large Wm Low superstore closed on 7 February 2009, being replaced by Dundee South Rd which is now Scotland's largest Tesco store, spread out over 3 floors. Wm Low in Perth Victoria St branch lay empty for almost a decade before half of the premises being refitted and operated as a Matalan Store and the other half what used to be the supermarket warehouse now a store selling floor coverings and livingroom furniture. But they used to have a wet fish counter and all the meat you had to buy from the counter, no pre-packaged lumps. Redundant stores Some of the now redundant sites have gone on to find new owners after Tesco relocated in nearby areas. In 1976, Wm Low had a total of 205,000 sq feet of floor space which by 1984 had become 446,000 sq feet. This was the company's first foray into direct competition with Sainsbury.
Article retrieved 19 December 2006. This included Aviemore, Cupar, Falkirk and Dunblane, opened between 1995 and 1996. The site is currently as of December 2013, a fairly large charity shop. This is despite the stores having undergone a couple of internal refits since the takeover. Tesco moved to a purpose built store in November 2007 across from its original Wm Low store. Amid huge publicity for price cuts on over 500 items, customers took their sleeping bags to await the opening of the store and claim their hamper, and flowers.
Store portfolio The following is a list of Wm Low stores in existence immediately prior to the takeover by Tesco. There are rumblings that the Sainsbury family are becoming restless at the group's lack of success and may look to sell up and bail out. Article retrieved 19 December 2006. Sourced from Scottish Business Insider, January editions 1991-1998 inc and 2000-2004 inc. Willie McTavish, builder, Is exhibiting his shortbread tin variety Of Scottish Art in the annual Forecourt Art Group Exhibition. In 1976, Wm Low had a total of 205,000 sq ft 19,000 m 2 of floor space which by 1984 had become 446,000 sq ft 41,400 m 2. Article retrieved 18 December 2006.
Article retrieved 19 December 2006 External links. Planned Wm Low Store Expansion At the time of the Tesco take over, a number of new Wm Low Stores were earmarked for development. William Low was never successful in the city again with their store closing in the city only 3 years later. Analysis at the time suggested that the Sainsbury bid was possibly a spoiler tactic as opposed to a serious takeover attempt. If there was any lingering doubt that Britain has too many supermarkets, the sight of these two giants from south of the border limbering up for a fight over a struggling Scottish operator should dispel it.
While other groups fell into financial difficulties as they struggled to cope with the threat of new cut-price European discounters, Sainsbury's continued to pick up market share. The head office and Distribution Centre at the Dryburgh Estate in Dundee became the Tesco Customer Service Centre and one of two Scottish Distribution Depots for Tesco. Contains information on i Growth figures ii Conversion expenditure, iii Fixed assets and iv Notice to Financial Statements respectively. Wm Low Dryburgh Distribution Centre was built in the mid 1970's by Wm Low with an expected 25 years life span. The results showed some scars from the supermarket price wars, with margins dropping from 6. Wm Low Dryburgh Distribution Centre was built in the mid 1970s by Wm Low with an expected 25 years life span.
Redundant stores Some of the now redundant sites have gone on to find new owners after Tesco relocated in nearby areas. I remember Gateway in in the precinct in Banbury. Wm Low attempted to take over , a move described by Budgens as a friendly merger and which had looked to be a done deal. This store is due to be replaced by a new purpose built store in 2010. The store was split into four units and is now home to a branch of and with the other two units being empty. England Consett, Driffield, Gateshead Rowlands Gill , Goole, Ilkeston, Jesmond, Loughborough, Northallerton, Sleaford, Thirsk, Whitehaven, Workington.
Most towns in the Tayside region had at least one large William Low store and it had branches throughout Scotland, North East England, Cumbria and Yorkshire. Dundee Lochee which was the last large Wm Low superstore closed on 7 February 2009, being replaced by Dundee South Rd which is now Scotland's largest Tesco store, spread out over 3 floors. The contrast between the fortunes of the two arch-rivals could not be greater. None of these have Wm Low's trading problems, nor its geographic niche, which makes them less attractive to predators from within the industry. The amount of cash that supermarkets throw off might none the less make them attractive to those outside the sector, who might not feel such a macho need to expand space. James's brother, William, joined the shop in 1870, taking over the business some years later.
Tesco had to compete with a rival takeover bid from competitor J Sainsbury for the chain and, following the takeover, 57 of the William Low stores were converted to the Tesco fascia. Keith, Banff and Dundee Lochee are probably the best examples of what remains of the Wm Low formats in Scotland to this day, with stores which have not been majorily refitted since takeover - Keith is due for imminent replacement in 2008 and Banff is due to be relocated in 2009, whilst the future of Dundee Lochee is unclear. William Dean Ritter had left his small Montana farm two years earlier. Article retrieved 19 December 2006. In 2007, the former Wm Low store in closed, with Tesco moving to a new site at the northern end of the town centre. At one stage, the company also ran a chain of frozen food stores known as Lowfreeze. The former Wm Low stores in and have now become branches of , Wm Low became , whilst Wm Low became.
It has now been demolished 2016 and controversial offices have been built on the site The store in Consett County Durham was converted into Tesco, then Tesco relocated in the town to a larger store and the store now trades as Distribution Centres The Wm Low warehouse in was closed in March 1995. Which use to go wrong quite often. I also remember a mobile shop that was run out of a converted 70s coach. Also in 1989, James Millar of Wm Low approached John Apthorp, owner of Freezer Centres to explore the possibility of merging the 2 brands. Such stores can be found in St Andrews, Campbeltown, Monifieth, Inverness, Fort William, Helensburgh and Keith to name but a few.