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Tesco urged to rethink store plan
The former Galashiels textile college
Ms Grahame has called on Tesco not to demolish the building
Supermarket giant Tesco is being urged to rethink its plans to demolish a former textile college in the Borders to make way for an expanded store.

Campaigners want to see the government buildings in Galashiels retained due to their historical significance.

SNP MSP Christine Grahame has called on Tesco to avoid "negative feedback" and adjust its plans.

The firm said a bigger store would have a positive impact on the economy of Galashiels as a whole.

Ms Grahame believes the company could find a compromise.

"This is one of the major landmarks of Galashiels and I think it would alter the architectural character of the town if it were demolished," she said.

"Management at Tesco are astute business people who are bound to realise that proceeding with the current plans may well lead to negative feedback from local people.

"I am calling on them to revisit their proposals and reach a compromise."

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