17th Sep, 2019

Morrisons supermarket set to close Shirley store with jobs at risk

Editorial Correspondent 23rd Aug, 2019 Updated: 23rd Aug, 2019

MORRISONS is set to close its supermarket in Shirley, putting scores of jobs at risk.

It is one of four of its stores earmarked for closure, with 400 job posts potentially affected in total.

The Bradford-based company says it follows a performance review of its 494 stores.

The other stores are at Crawley, Ince near Wigan and Swindon.

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We will now be going through a consultation process at the stores and discussing how to reduce redundancies and where possible redeploy colleagues.”

Morrison’s market share has dropped in recent months in competition with the other traditional big three supermarket chains.

High street stores are also facing extreme pressure from internet shopping and German discount stores Aldi and Lidl.

Solihull Shirley councillor Mark Parker said a petition has been set up to fight the closure.

It reads: “It’s been announced that the Morrisons Store in Shirley is earmarked for closure.

“Your local Councillors representing Shirley East Ward Karen Grinsell, Annette Mackenzie and Mark Parker have launched a petition calling on Morrisons to rethink their plans and keep the store open.

“Morrisons plays an important part in the local retail economy having been on the high street for the past 14 years.

“We now need as many people as possible to sign the petition or write directly to Morrisons urging them to keep this store open and help it remain at the heart of our community offering value and choice to all its customers.

“Sign the petition which will be presented to the management of Morrisons and write to Customer Services WM Morrisons, Hilmore House, Gain Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD3 7DL.”

The petition can be signed on a change.org website page entitled Save Morrisons in Shirley from Closure!

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