Supermarket workers handed jobs bombshell

The Co-Op supermarket which is to close down at The Gerard Centre, Ashton-in-Makerfield
The Co-Op supermarket which is to close down at The Gerard Centre, Ashton-in-Makerfield
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STAFF at a Wigan supermarket have been handed a pre-Christmas jobs setback as their store is set to close later this month.

The 20 strong workforce at the Co-operative food outlet at the Gerard Centre in Ashton were informed last week of the company’s decision.

And a sign is on display at the entrance of the supermarket informing shoppers of a closure date of November 21.

The company told the Evening Post that it was optimistic that the staff affected will be offered the chance to relocate to other stores in the area.

The Co-operative also operates supermarkets in several borough locations including Marsh Green, Shevington, Springfield, Norley Hall and Up Holland. A company statement said: “The Co-operative continually reviews its retail estate and has reluctantly taken the decision to close its store in the Gerard Centre later this month.

“The consideration to close this store is in no way a reflection on the hard work and commitment of colleagues and, we would also like to thank the community for its support for this store over the years. We are looking to re-deploy as many of the 14 part-time and six full-time colleagues as possible in nearby stores.”