18 April 2016
Staff at New
Ferry's Co-op were told by their head office yesterday (17th April 2016)
that the store will be closing down on 28th May.
has been known that the store has suffered from poor sales for many
years, the closure announcement has come as a bit of a shock. When
New Ferry Residents Association, the Council and other interested
parties within the community met in 2012 to discuss the future of the
district centre, representatives from the Co-op who attended those
meetings said that even though the New Ferry store was making a loss,
the company had taken out a 25 year lease on the building and would be
unable to walk away from it. They said, at the time, that the only
way the Co-op would pull out was if another company stepped forward to
take over the premises.
As far as
the staff in the Co-op are aware, there is no other company coming
forward to take the store over. The staff were told that the
company will try to find them jobs in other Co-op stores on the Wirral,
but any staff who cannot be found alternative positions will be issued
with redundancy notices. It is therefore believed that the Co-op has
gone back on its word and decided to cut its losses by buying itself out
of the long-term lease agreement.
comes at a critical time for New Ferry, which has suffered in recent
years with the loss of Ethel Austins, the Citizens Advice Bureau, and
several other shops and services which have failed or relocated
elsewhere. The centre is literally dying whilst out-of-centre
schemes like the Croft Retail Park have become too successful in
attracting new businesses with parking there at weekends being an
absolute nightmare (over an hour to get out of the Asda car park!).
New Ferry needs something drastic to be done to its district centre to
prevent it from becoming a boarded up ghost town.