A long-running supermarket chain trading in Padiham for more than 100 years has finally closed.
The Co-Operative store in Burnley Road shut its doors to shoppers last weekend because of poor trading performance barely 18 months after Tesco opened an £11m. supermarket next door.
Bosses at the retail giant said 14 of the 19 staff have been made redundant – but five have been transferred to neighbouring stores.
Despite persistent rumours of Aldi taking on the site, the future of the building remains uncertain.
However, Co-Op chiefs said the leasehold building is currently being marketed to potential suitors.
Padiham Town Coun. Bob Clark said the closure marked the end of an era for the Co-operative in Padiham but hoped the store would be taken on by another business soon.
He said: “I am really sad to see the Co-Op go after more than 100 years trading in Padiham. The shop has closed now and there are just people there clearing it out.
“I do hope that the premises are taken over as soon as possible because the fact is that these days empty premises very quickly become a target for thieves and vandals.
“People break into these places to steal copper. A derelict site can soon become a hazard and an eyesore
“I hope it is taken on by someone else because it would be a great site in the centre of the town.”
A spokesman for the Co-Operative confirmed there had been 14 redundancies and said the lease was being marketed at present.
Aldi refused to comment on whether the chain was planning to locate a new store in Padiham on the site of the former Co-Op.