Sainsbury’s moves in as Marchmont Margiotta’s closes

Sainsbury's will move in in September. Picture: Colin Hattersley

Sainsbury's will move in in September. Picture: Colin Hattersley

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IT’S been a local institution in Marchmont for more than 40 years but Margiotta’s is now to be replaced by a leading high street chain.

Supermarket retailer Sainsbury’s is soon to complete the acquisition of the Marchmont Road branch and aims to open its new store in September.

After more than four decades of trading from the shop, owner Dario Margiotta is to retire to pursue other interests.

Sainsbury’s has confirmed that it will offer jobs to all staff currently employed in the Marchmont store.

The move is expected to trigger a mini-supermarket war in the area as a Scotmid supermarket is situated just yards away while New Leaf Co-op – which specialises in local produce – is on nearby Argyle Place.

Remo Margiotta, speaking ahead of his father’s retirement said having “successfully traded in the community for over 40 years” they are “very happy to be handing over” to the supermarket giant.

“Of upmost importance to us was the assurance that our staff would be retained by Sainsbury’s and we are delighted that this will be the case,” he said. “Leaving our store in Marchmont was not a decision taken lightly, however we are confident it will be left in good hands with Sainsbury’s who will continue to ensure that Marchmont Road remains one of the most vibrant high streets in Edinburgh.”

Margiotta is one of the Capital’s best-known family names. The deli and convenience store chain is run by Franco Margiotta who moved to Edinburgh from a village near Rome more than 40 years ago. The empire includes six other shops across the city including a nearby store on Warrender Park Road.

Marchmont was the first of his shops, selling food and wine, before he gradually expanded the delicatessen side of the business.

It is understood there are no plans to close any of the remaining stores.

Local councillor Mark McInnes lamented the loss of the shop. He said: “It’s sad to hear that Margiotta’s is leaving because it is a well known store in the area.”

A spokesman for the supermarket giant said they are “aware of the history and the heritage of the shop” but said Marchmont is an “area of the Capital we have long held a desire to be a part of”.

Shoppers using the store are aghast at the closure. One said: “Their sun dried tomatoes are irreplaceable.”

david.oleary@edinburghnews.com