The project to redevelop the Morrisons supermarket in Bishopbriggs took a step closer to completion with the granting of a provisional licence by East Dunbartonshire Licensing Board.

The company has invested £20 million into its new store at the Triangle Centre, and the new provisional licence covers off-sale hours of 10am to 10pm each day, background music, home delivery and click and collect, the ability to offer occasional free samples of alcohol products and a total off-sales area of around 165 square metres.

Licensing officers had recommended Morrisons apply for a provisional premises licence due to the nature of the redevelopment, which included the demolition of the former building and the construction of a new, larger supermarket.

A solicitor for Morrisons confirmed that the alcohol display area in the new store would in fact be slightly smaller than that in the previous building.

No objections had been made and all conditions relating to alcohol purchases or delivery would be met as they were already covered by company policy.

These include Challenge 25, with all staff trained to the same standard whether working in-store or in deliveries. He also said the display area would be situated as far as possible from the store entrance.

Product sampling was also included in the previous license and is offered only a few times a year, again with full Challenge 25 protocols in place.

The new supermarket is scheduled to open in July and no objections were made by any of the licensing board’s formal consultees.

The application was unanimously granted.