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CLOSURE OF NEW FERRY'S CO-OP STORE ANNOUNCED


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.

Although it 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.

The closure 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.

 

 

 

 
 
 


     
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