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Convenience Stores Support Finance Secretary’s Large Store Levy

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) representing convenience stores such as SPAR, McColl’s, Keystore, Premier, Day Today’s, Costcutter and David Sands, as well as independents throughout the country, have welcomed John Swinney’s budget proposals in relation to the supermarket tax for selling alcohol and tobacco.

John Drummond, Chief Executive of SGF said that this proposed measure, to be charged through the business rates system, “will go some way towards redressing the imbalance that has existed for years in relation to business rates. Out-of-town developments by the large supermarkets have enjoyed favourable business rates arrangements in comparison to town centre and peripheral estate locations. When you consider the large car-parking spaces and benefits from new road systems enjoyed by the supermarkets, with business rates per square foot much cheaper than smaller stores with limited or no car parking coupled with town centre congestion, this measure is a welcome attempt by the Scottish Government to create more of a level playing field.”