Spar staff fury over shop closure

Staff from the Spar shop, Todmorden Road, Burnley, are unhappy as they  have not been paid since mid-August after the shop closed suddenly when a forfeiture notice was issued.
Staff from the Spar shop, Todmorden Road, Burnley, are unhappy as they have not been paid since mid-August after the shop closed suddenly when a forfeiture notice was issued.

Staff at a Burnley convenience store said they are disgusted at the way they have been treated by bosses after it closed without notice last month.

Sixteen full and part-time employees from SPAR, in Todmorden Road, have not been paid since Friday, August 22nd, and fear they may now have to wait until after Christmas for the building to re-open.

Workers arrived on Tuesday, August 19th, to find the building closed and a forfeiture notice placed in the window by bailiffs acting on behalf of landlords, Preston-based James Hall and Company Ltd.

Since then they claim they have been given no answers as to the future of the business or the building and have been left in the dark over whether they will have jobs to return to.

A spokeswoman for the employees said many are already struggling to make ends meet and have families and young children to support, while two workers, who are currently on maternity leave, have not received their maternity pay.

They are also unable to claim redundancy because they have not been given any official documents, or their P45s.

“It’s absolutely disgusting the way we’ve been treated. A lot of people said they feel sick. Nobody has told us anything. We thought the shop would re-open soon but now we’ve heard it could be after Christmas before it opens.

“It’s our children who are going to suffer, we’ve got families to support.”

No one from Rumspar Ltd which was listed on the forfeiture notice was available for comment.

Last month SPAR told the Express it hoped to re-open the shop as soon as possible but refused to comment further.