Padiham Co-Op store to close

Padiham's Cooperative store on Burnley Road
Padiham's Cooperative store on Burnley Road
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A long-running Padiham superstore will close after more than 100 years trading in the town.

The Co-operative Food store in Burnley Road is set to shut down by the middle of June, company chiefs have announced.

Around 20 staff working at the supermarket have been told about the closure and may be found jobs at neighbouring stores.

Bosses at Co-operative Group headquarters decided to axe the Padiham store which has continued to see poor trading performance.

The closure comes barely 18 months after a new £11m. Tesco superstore was opened on a former mill site on neighbouring Wyre Street.

Rumours are the building could be sold off to another national grocery retail chain but no official announcements have been made.

A spokesman for The Co-operative Food confirmed The Co-operative Food store in Burnley Road is to close on Saturday, June 14th.

He said: “Staff at the store have been informed of the decision, which has been taken with the greatest reluctance and is due to the store’s poor trading performance.

“It is not, in any way, a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team.

“Every effort is being made to redeploy as many as possible of the 19 members of staff with The Co-operative Group, or to help them find alternative employment.”

Coun. Bob Clark, who runs adiham Archive Museum, said it would be a sad loss to the town which has a long association with the Co-operative.

He said: “The Co-operative has been in Padiham for more than 100 years. I am 72 years old and it was here in my parents’ day.”