QUOTE (Luceo @ 4th Nov 2005, 02:35am)
The Co-Op store in Morrison Street was the head office of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society (SCWS).
It closed sometime in the late Sixties and had a number of uses before being finally converted to flats in the Eighties.
The building has quite an interesting history and I believe that its design came second in a competition for the design of Glasgow City Chambers. The present city Chambers was the winning design, of course.
The morrison street site was originally the head office for all the co-ops but in the 70' part of the main building was converted into a very large store. It was called the the Co-op Hypermarket. It was on two levels with food on the lower level and a huge non food section on the upper level. The levels were connected by unique escalators on which you were able to take your trolley up with you. During my spell there the general manager was Martin Weir and i was the non food manager. The building had a very tall and well known domed tower which towered over the whole area and i remember one afternoon a security officer taking me through all the derelict upper levels of the building (above the hypermarket) and up lots and lots of stairs to the very top of the tower. I recall the terrific views but because of the levels of dilapidation and neglect i was mightily relieved to get back onto terra firma. i left this job and glasgow to work in england but boy oh boy was it an experience