A NATIONAL supermarket chain has revealed that a decision to sell a store in a Moorlands village was “not taken lightly”, after a resident raised concerns about the loss of the store at a parish council meeting recently. The Times and Echo reported in September that Co-operative was set to sell its branch on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge in October. The store is now independently owned and run as a Nisa. At a Forsbrook Parish Council meeting on Monday, November 18, a resident asked if the council could write to Co-op to find out what the reasons were behind selling the shop.
He said: “Over the past few months I’ve seen different things change around the village including the Co-op being changed.
“I was wondering what the rationale was to pull out of Blythe Bridge and if it was a strategic decision.
“All others around our area are still trading and still open but they decided to close ours.
“I wondered if the council could write to the Co-op and get a half-truthful response about how our village is reprieved from the outside.
“Maybe they could tell us what their thoughts were about closing.”
Forsbrook Parish councillors agreed to write to Co-op with the resident’s concerns.
A spokesperson from the Co-op told the Times and Echo: “Co-op regularly reviews its stores and, while this often involves the opening of new stores, we also have to take difficult decisions.
“The decision to close any store is not taken lightly, and is in no way a reflection on the hard work and commitment of colleagues.
“An agreement had been reached for the sale of our store at 321 Uttoxeter Road.
“Safeguarding local jobs remained a priority and it was arranged for colleagues to transfer to the new operator under TUPE arrangements (Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment regulations).
“We would like to say ‘thank you’ to the community for its support at this store over the years.”
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