Morecambe Tesco to close

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Tesco supermarket in Morecambe’s Arndale Centre is due to close.

Staff were called into a meeting on Wednesday morning (January 28) and told the shop would be shutting on Saturday, April 4.

Employees are said to be devastated at the news.

The store employs 45 people and talks will begin about finding them “alternative roles within Tesco” said a spokesman for the struggling retail firm.

The Tesco store is one of the flagship shops in Morecambe’s main shopping centre.

The Arndale was recently bought out by New River Retail in a £14m deal.

Dave Lewis, Tesco chief executive, said: “In January I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores.

“It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Morecambe Metro store in the Arndale Centre is one of the 43 we plan to close.

“The decision to close the store has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and the local community.

“Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

“I would like to thank all our customers who have shopped in our store.

“We will continue to do our best to serve them through our nearby Express stores in Heysham and on Heysham Road in Morecambe, our Carnforth superstore and our dotcom service.”

Pauline Foulkes – National Officer for Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) said: “This is devastating news for over 2,000 dedicated staff in the 43 Tesco stores across the UK, who have worked hard to make their shop viable during a difficult time for the company.

“We will now enter into full and meaningful consultation meetings on this proposal, where we will look closely at the company’s business case for the closures. Our priority is to maximise employment within Tesco, seek redeployment opportunities for members, where possible, and to keep job losses to a minimum.

“We will support, advise and represent our members throughout this difficult period of uncertainty.”

Tesco stores closing are:

The superstores at Bedlington, Chatham, Connswater and Cregagh Road in Belfast, Doncaster, Kirkcaldy and Wrexham Dodds Lane.

The Homeplus shops at Bristol Cribbs Causeway, Chelmsford, Chester, Edinburgh, Southampton and Staines.

Tesco Metro shops at Bicester, Bootle, Caerphilly, Crossgates, Devizes, Grangemouth, Mexborough, Morecambe, Ormskirk, Runcorn, Smethwick and Woodseats.

Express convenience stores at Bearwood; Belvedere; Church Street, Ballymena; Heaton Chapel; Heybridge, Essex; Houghton Regis; Liverpool Kensington; Longbridge Road, Barking; Northfield, Birmingham; Raymouth Lane, Worksop; Sheffield Manor; South Tottenham High Road; Tredegar; Troon; Walsall Wood; Wealdstone; Whitley Bay; and York Road, Hartlepool.