Morrisons in Stowmarket earmarked for closure

Morrisons Supermarket in Stowmarket.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160113-232725009
Morrisons Supermarket in Stowmarket.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160113-232725009
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Morrisons has confirmed its Stowmarket superstore is one of seven earmarked for closure across the country.

Earlier this week the Bradford-based grocer announced it was reducing the number of branches nationwide by seven to 490, putting around 680 jobs under threat.

Morrisons Supermarket in Stowmarket.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160113-232758009

Morrisons Supermarket in Stowmarket.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160113-232758009

The news comes despite the firm reporting a 0.2 percent rise in like-for-like sales in a marked turnaround after recent hefty sales declines.

A spokesperson for Morrisons confirmed the staff had been aware of the proposed closure earlier in this week.

She said: “We have looked at how we can improve the Stowmarket store’s long-term viability.

“Unfortunately we have not found a way to turn this store around and are therefore proposing its closure.

“We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.”

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “We are disappointed with the news that Stowmarket’s Morrisons is one, of seven nationally, 
that has been proposed for closure.

“At present, as the details have only just been released, it is too soon to say exactly what will happen.

“Stowmarket is a vibrant, growing town and supports a wide diversity of shops and supermarkets.

“We are confident that if Morrisons do decide to close their store it could present a good opportunity for another business to step into in quick succession.

“Of course we are talking with the company and, in the event of confirmation of closure, will be engaging with all of the staff affected by this news, at the earliest opportunity, to see what help, support and guidance we can provide to them.”

District Councillor John Matthissen said the closure was bad news for the town.

He said: “Having the store there has boosted the footfall in the area so I am concerned that closing the shop will adversely affect other businesses at that end of the town.”

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