MP writes to Tesco over Dobbies Garden Centres fears

Midlothian SNP MP Owen Thompson has written to Tesco management to express concerns about possible job losses at Tesco-owned Dobbies Garden Centres Edinburgh headquarters.

Dobbies is for sale and London-based Wyevale Garden Centres is frontrunner to buy the 36-centre chain. This, or sale to another retailer, could mean Dobbies headquarters moving and the subsequent loss of duplicate staff.

Thompson told the Edinburgh Evening News: "The recent rumours about Dobbies and a potential sale have been troubling, and a matter of concern to my constituents and to me. I understand that Tesco has been clear on its plans to focus on its core supermarket business. However, I would appeal to them to give any purchase offer due consideration before accepting.

"It is the nature of acquisitions that Wyevale will consider rationalising the two businesses and minimising duplication of offices, which would likely result in choosing their existing Middlesex office as their base.

"The loss of almost 200 more jobs would be yet another blow to my constituents at a time when they can least afford it."

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