Scotmid has planned a series of celebrations to mark the opening of its first-ever store at Ponton Street, Edinburgh (pictured) on 4 November 1859.
During the 160th anniversary week, each Scotmid store is trying to raise £160 for the Society’s Charity of the Year partner, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. If achieved, this will generate in excess of £20,000 towards a final fundraising target of £300,000.
Each store will also reward those in their community who deserve special recognition by giving their ‘Community Heroes’ a small gift to say thanks for playing a key role in the local area.
Formed as St Cuthbert’s Co-operative Association before merging with Dalziel Co-operative in 1981 to become Scotmid, the Society has been ever-present in Edinburgh and beyond over the past 16 decades.
Chief Executive John Brodie, who has served in the post since 2005, said he is extremely proud that Scotmid has reached the milestone anniversary in what are challenging and uncertain times, and that the Society continues to stick to its core purpose.
Brodie said: “We’re incredibly proud of the fact we’ve been part of the local landscape for the past 160 years and the role that we’ve played in serving communities and improving people’s everyday lives.
“It is pleasing to think that we operate with the same values and principles as the pioneers agreed back in 1859.
“Thanks to all our members, and customers for the support we’ve received over the past 160 years and we look forward to serving them in the future.”