Prime Minister Gordon Brown has visited a Scottish store to see for himself how the role community retailers play in their neighbourhoods.

Mr Brown dropped in on David Sands’ store in Lauder Road, Kirkcaldy to meet staff and local suppliers and officially open the 2300sq ft site.

The group’s chief executive David Sands said the new store, which is in Mr Brown’s constituency, was “a great example of our policy of trading right in the heart of the communities in which we operate.”

“All of the 20-plus staff live locally, so they know their customers and their shopping habits which, in turn, enables us to build up a great rapport with the people who shop with us on a daily basis. That’s what community retailing is all about.”

During the visit, the Prime Minister also heard about the company’s responsible retailing strategy, including its ‘Challenge 25’ policy for age-restricted sales.

“We’re absolutely delighted that the Prime Minister agreed to officially open the store for us and thank him for giving up his valuable time to get an insight into what a growing, independent company is doing to boost confidence in his constituency during these challenging economic times,” Sands added.