Big McBoost as McDonalds head for town

Hawick is set for a massive retail boost with the news that McDonalds and other household name companies are seeking sites in the town.

by Colin Purvis

Hawick is set for a massive retail boost with the news that McDonalds and other household name companies are seeking sites in the town.

Talks between McDonalds and Hawick councillors have been ongoing for some time and one source told the 'News' this week that the burger giants will be in town next summer.

This was confirmed by McDonald's spokesperson Alison Purves who said: "A number of sites in Hawick are under consideration at the moment but no one site has been decided upon.

"On the basis of trading figures in Galashiels we are looking to extend our business to Hawick."

But the identity of the other companies looking to set up shop behind Lidl and the Galalaw area are being kept under wraps.

The 'News' contacted Councillor Norman Pender who was upbeat at the prospect of McDonalds coming to Hawick.

Speaking this week, he said: "Since McDonalds opened in Galashiels I have been in constant contact with them and have been encouraging them to open in Hawick.

This will create between 60 and 80 full and part-time jobs in the town and will generate 800,000 in wages which will be spent in the local economy. "This is great news and is also a building block in the provision of much needed facilities for the youth of the area."

Equally enthusiastic is Council Leader John Scott, who added: "McDonalds has expressed real interest in coming to Hawick. This will be a great boost and we will do all we can to enable them - or any other retailer - to set up in the town."

Mr Scott added: "I am aware of other companies who are keen to come here but at this stage I can't reveal any further details."

Asked if this included a major retail player for Galalaw, he said: "I can't possibly comment on that."

Proposed sites for the McDonalds outlet include the former fire station in Commercial Road, the old Burgh Yard, the land behind Lidl and a plot in Victoria Road.

However, their favoured site is thought to be the old fire station land. This would be a prime site and would be easily accessed from High Street and Common Haugh areas.