Anyone keen to get on the move in the New Year should consider joining the dance and performance activities offered by Maryhill Integration Network. Organised primarily to help new arrivals to Glasgow to become an active part of their local community, the Network’s show earlier this year, was televised. People from the age of three to senior years take part and enjoy themselves!
Starting on Wednesday 11 January in 35 Avenue Park Street and on Thursday 12 January in Garnethill Multicultural Centre in Rose Street, the performance groups are working towards the GO DANCE! Festival in the Theatre Royal between 14 and 18 February. For more details check with the office 0141 946 9106 or email: email@example.com
Words Erik Geddes
Pics Stuart Maxwell
Tesco are promising a wave of wealth and opportunity in Maryhill on the back of their new megastore opening scheduled for November.
But business owners on the stretch of Maryhill Road nearest Tesco – between Avenue Park Street and Shakespeare Street – don’t share the corporate giant’s optimism.
Tesco say the megastore will create 200 new jobs with half of them earmarked for long-term unemployed people from the local area.
Tony McElroy, the Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager, told the LOCAL NEWS that the store opening can only be a good thing for the whole community.
He said: ‘The new store will keep people shopping locally on Maryhill Road. It’s a great opportunity for nearby traders. There will be a substantial boost to the local economy. Not just in terms of new jobs but in terms of new customers and opportunities coming to the area.’
But for existing local traders, worrying times lie ahead. Frank O’Hare, owner of M & C a grocer and greengrocer, is expecting Tesco to have ‘a huge impact’ on his business.
He said: ‘I’ve no doubt that my business will suffer, but we can deal with it. I have to adapt. I can compete with Tesco with my fruit and veg. I have a better quality and we charge less; but we’ll maybe struggle with groceries. However, I’ve started doing deals myself and have been distributing leaflets. My worry is the public perception. People wander in and ask if I’m closing down when Tesco opens.’
Other local business owners and workers are even gloomier about what the future might hold.
Liz Sweeney from Sweeney’s Sandwich Bar is fuming at the thought of Tesco cleaning up after she had invested £5,000 in a hot food licence.
She said: ‘This is a family business but there are several staff livelihoods on the line. There is a community feeling here you won’t get in any Tesco cafe – but they will be able to be cheaper.’
Qasin Rafiq, who runs a newsagents, can’t see his shop surviving. He said: ‘My shop will go down. I don’t know how we can compete with them.’
However, not everyone is that concerned. Jim Gaynor, manager of Jim Campbell Butchers on Maryhill Road, is confident that his customers will remain loyal.
He said: ‘I don’t think it will have a huge impact on my shop in the long run.
‘We might be quiet for the first week or two, but my customers will come back as they will recognise my meat is of far superior quality.’
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