Video: Tabak store on Hyndland Road to close on April 4 as new Sainsbury’s opens

By Ian Marland at

A popular West End grocery store is to close its doors for the last time.

Tabak on Hyndland Road will cease trading early next month. It’s last trading date will be April 4.

Owner Marco Stevenson has thanked the local community and customers for their loyalty and support over the years.

But the popular businessman says the time is right to close up – albeit with a “heavy heart”.

Popular: Marco Stevenson has provided a real community service with Tabak for the past 11 years.

The last trading day for the shop will time with the opening of Sainsbury’s new Local store just a short distance away on Novar Drive.

Marco said there was no way he could compete with the supermarket giant – so he has decided to call it a day with Tabak.

Marco’s decision, however, does NOT affect his takeaway pizza business, Pizza Magic, which will continue to trade next door.

Marco, who took over Tabak 11 years ago, said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to close Tabak from next month.

“It’s been a painful decision but there was no way I could compete with Sainsbury’s.

“I was one of those who objected to a supermarket opening around the corner, but the decision has been taken and there is nothing I can do about it now.

Farewell: Marco says the shop will close on April 4 as Sainsbury’s opens on Novar Drive.

“I didn’t want to keep the place open at the same time as Sainsbury’s because I didn’t want my customers to feel in anyway obligated to shop here.

“People are going to choose Sainsbury’s because of the choice and price – and there is nothing I can do to change that.

“Sometimes you just have to live in the real world – and say it’s time to move on.”

Marco says it’s been an honour to serve Hyndland – providing a real community service to his customers.

“I’ve helped old ladies with their shopping, I’ve opened up especially on many occasion for customers wanting milk or bread – and generally been here as the eyes and ears of the community.

“I’m proud of what this store has achieved for the local area – and I can count many of my customers as friends.

“I’ve seen young customers grow up – and I’ve attended some funerals too.”

Marco Stevenson:

“I didn’t want to keep the place open at the same time as Sainsbury’s because I didn’t want my customers to feel in anyway obligated to shop here.

“People are going to choose Sainsbury’s because of the choice and price – and there is nothing I can do to change that.

“Sometimes you just have to live in the real world – and say it’s time to move on.”

Marco added: “I wish Sainsbury’s all the best for their store. I bear no grudge and wish them well.

“They are lucky to have a wonderful community to serve – and I just hope they do Hyndland justice.”

But what is next for the corner site that sits in a prime location on Hyndland Road?


Watch: Marco announce’s Tabak’s closure and gives instructions to his assistant.

Well, Marco is not wanting to say too much at the moment, but he says he has exciting plans for the future.

“Many will know that I’ve had intentions for the site for some time.

“All I can say is ‘watch this space’ – what I hope will happen here, I think, will enhance the area and be of benefit to people in Hyndland.”