Scotmid Co-operative is preparing to open its latest state-of-the-art eco-friendly convenience store to mark its 160-year anniversary.

The new 4,500sq ft purpose-built store in Drumnadrochit, located beside Loch Ness, will open in January 2019.

Scotmid has remodelled three other stores this year, in Moredun, Bankton, and Uddingston, deploying energy-efficient technologies with a focus on refrigeration, as part of its 12-year strategy to ensure it complies with EU F-Gas Regulations and the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

All the new-look stores feature fully glass-fronted facades to maximise natural daylight, while the stores’ electrical lighting systems are made up entirely of LED fittings.

Refrigeration will be controlled by a central plant and run on a natural refrigerant (CO2) rather than polluting HFCs.

Additional work is also planned for Scotmid’s Newtongrange store in November.

Scotmid’s head of property and development, Maurissa Fergusson, said: “We are extremely excited about our new Drumnadrochit store, which represents the future of Scotmid.

“In our anniversary year, this represents another milestone for us in providing convenience stores to match the demands of an ever-changing marketplace and the expectations of our valued members and customer base.

“The store design introduced at our stores in Moredun, Bankton, Uddingston and scheduled to be introduced Newtongrange has completely modernised our customers’ shopping experience and we believe these changes represent the beginning of the future for Scotmid.”