A WELL-KNOWN East Renfrewshire supermarket is set to close, putting dozens of jobs at risk.

US-owned Whole Foods Market has announced plans to shut down its only Scottish outlet, in Giffnock, as well as one other of its nine UK stores, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The firm says it will consult with staff before making a final decision on the future of the Fenwick Road supermarket.

Whole Foods Market was created on the site of the former Safeway store six years ago and includes a butcher, fishmonger, cheesemonger and a bakery, as well as homewares and beauty products.

In a statement, the company said: "A decision on the future of the stores will be made after the company has consulted with team members to discuss the proposal.

"In the event that the decision is taken to close the stores, we will work with team members to explore alternative employment opportunities.

"We remain committed to the UK market and will continue to look for ways to offer high-quality natural and organics to our customers."

Whole Foods Market opened its first store in the US in 1980.

In 2004, it entered the UK market with the acquisition of seven Fresh and Wild stores.

Last year, Whole Foods Market employed about 1,200 people in the UK.

The company was recently the subject of a £10.7 billion takeover by online retailer Amazon.