Sadness as store is to close at weekend

NEARLY all the staff at the Co-op store, on Market Street, in Heanor will lose their jobs when the supermarket closes on Saturday.

Co-op bosses promised attempts would be made to find new roles within the company for the 27 employees of the former Somerfield.

But as the doors prepare to close this week, it was confirmed only three members of staff have been relocated to different store.

A spokesman for the Co-operative Group said: “Our food store on Market Street, in Heanor, will close on April 16.

“Three members of staff have been redeployed with the Co-operative. Regrettably, the remaining members of staff have been made redundant, 23 of who are part-time, although we are doing all we can to help them find alternative employment.

“The decision to close the store has been taken with the greatest reluctance, and is due to the store’s poor trading performance. It is not, in any way, a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team.”

The Co-operative spokesman said that an ongoing review of the Market Street Co-op by the company revealed it had suffered from significant drop in trading, however it was not willing to discuss exact figures.

The spokesman added: “We would like to thank our customers at Market Street for their loyalty over the years the store has been trading.”

Stock is being sold in a clearance sale leading up to closure and any remaining items will be transferred to other Co-op stores nearby.

Deputy Mayor of Heanor, Cllr Harry Soar, expressed his sympathy for the staff made redundant this week.

He said: “It is going to be very hard for theses people to find new jobs now. I know quite a few of them and I feel for them, I really do.”

Cllr Soar was surprised Co-op bosses cited ‘poor trading’ as their reason for closing.

He added: “It has always been a very busy store ever since way back when it was a Somerfield.

“From what I could see as far as trade goes it did not look as if there was much difference. It was keeping the top end of the town going.”

Ben Turner, 72, from Carr Fields, in Horsley Woodhouse, previously took the Amber Line bus to Heanor do a weekly shop at the store.

He said: “You know what, they never put a sign up there with the Co-op name on it.

“There’s a real sense of depression in Heanor, and this Co-op closing has been the store that broke the camel’s back.”

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