The Scottish Midland Co-Operative Society, more commonly known by its shortened name, Scotmid, is a consumer co-operative. They are owned by their 250,000 members who aim to improve their communities through Scotmid. Scotmid run more than five different businesses including a handful of perfume stores, beauty shops and food and convenience stores. These stores are located across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Other business run by the Scotmid co-operative include post offices, funeral directors and even property agents. In total, they operate more than 300 retail outlets - all of these are run with the same aim in mind, to improve local communities by involving members in all of their retailing activities. The main retail arm of Scotmid sells food products, with an emphasis on local produce. Customers can buy fresh and frozen foods, bakery items, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, dairy, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, dry goods and household items.
The exact Scotmid opening times can vary. This is due to the diverse nature that their businesses operate in. Some stores may run orthodox business hours during weekdays and close during weekends. Others may have extended hours an open on weekends, especially businesses such as their convenience stores. It is worth noting their acquisition of the chain of Morning, Noon and Night stores, which are likely to have longer opening hours than most of their other businesses.
The variation in Scotmid opening hours does not just depend on the type of Scotmid business, but also the business’s location. It is always recommended to consult the exact Scotmid opening times of individual stores to be sure of business hours. This is even more crucial on specific days such as New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas, Boxing Day and bank holidays where operation may be reduced, or stores may be closed. You can find more information online to find the precise Scotmid opening times for the branch nearest you.
Scotmid branding may be recognised through their use of white, blue and green colours. Their logo is a simple design consisting of their name written in blue and green on a white background.
Scotmid may be well-known by their members. However, other people not associated with the co-operative and even some of their members may not be aware of certain facts about the organisation. These facts include:
As mentioned, Scotmid is a co-operative that handle multiple businesses for the benefit of their members - Scotmid aim to invest profits back into their employees and their business development, as well as supporting the local communities. Their business can be broken down into over five different businesses.
They run a chain of convenience stores in Scotland operating under their own name. There are more than 150 of these stores across Scotland. These stores stock household necessities and food. Another one of their businesses is Semichem. This is a health and beauty chain of more than 50 stores located in various towns and cities in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They offer customers health and beauty products at wallet-friendly prices and these items can even be bought online.
The third business they run is a number of convenience stores across Cumbria and the North East of England. Moreover, they operate over 15 funeral services across Scotland’s central belt and many Scottish post offices offering usual services found in other post offices, including regulated financial services. Finally, they have a property business that manages commercial and domestic properties. They also do a lot of work raising money for charitable organisations.
Scotmid originally started by the merging of St. Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society and the Dalziell Society. This event occurred in 1981 and Scotmid went on to purchase a number of stores and expand their businesses. However, after a series of poor performances in 2000 by a group of department stores, they closed them all. They then went on to more successful ventures and today enjoy a large membership with a number of successful retail businesses attempting to better their members’ communities.