Town centre supermarket to close

Morrisons supermarket, The Galleries shopping mall, Wigan town centre - which is set to close

Morrisons supermarket, The Galleries shopping mall, Wigan town centre - which is set to close

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MORRISONS supermarket in Wigan town centre is to close down.

Dozens of jobs are at risk at the store in The Galleries after it was confirmed today (Wednesday) that the Wigan branch would be one of the seven stores being closed across the UK.

We have looked at how we can improve the Wigan store’s long-term viability. Unfortunately we have not found a way to turn this store around and are therefore proposing its closure.

Morrisons spokesman

The Wigan Evening Post has been told that staff were handed notice of the closure on Monday that the store will cease trading in April, but this has not been confirmed.

The supermarket chain announced the closures along with its Christmas trading figures on Tuesday morning.

Despite achieving an increase in sales over the festive season the chain said it was closing unprofitable stores where they could not find a way to sufficiently improve performance.

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We have looked at how we can improve the Wigan 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.”

Usdaw, the union that represents shop, distributive and allied workers said the store closure proposal is “devastating news” for the staff affected.