Date lodged: 30 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it (a) had before and (b) has had since the announcement of the merger proposal with (i) Asda and (ii) Sainsbury’s.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 May 2018
The Scottish Government was made aware of proposals to merge Asda and Sainsbury’s on 30 April 2018 in correspondence from both retailers. My officials have been in regular contact with representatives from both organisations since and I also held a call with representatives of Asda on 1 May it was made clear that the proposed merger will result in no store closures in Scotland.
We were also informed that Asda intends to keep its two distribution centres at Falkirk and Grangemouth open, and there are no indications of job losses. We will continue to engage with both supermarkets to ensure that those promises are followed through, that Scottish consumers benefit and that Scottish suppliers benefit and do not lose out.