proposes closure of its store in Burnham - full reaction
Morrisons supermarket on the town's seafront could be set to close,
the firm has revealed this week.
supermarket announced the proposed closure of 11 stores across
the UK as part of a cost-cutting move - with Burnham's one of
Morrisons spokesperson confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
have looked extremely carefully at whether our store in Burnham-On-Sea
can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of
making it viable. We are therefore proposing its closure. We are
consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing
how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our
MP James Heappey said he is saddened by the news. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Whilst Morrisons, along with other supermarkets, have been
in the firing line this summer over milk prices; the proposed
closure of their store in Burnham is very sad news."
the first priority is those who work there and I understand that
Morrisons is working with employees and the unions to minimise
redundancies. I am in contact with Morrisons' head office and
will watch that process closely."
on, we will need to know the future of that site. Other supermarkets
have been mooted but clearly it is a prime spot in Burnham and
it is vital that whatever goes there next will boost the local
economy and be in keeping with the rest of town. I stand ready
to work with the local councils to make sure that is the case."
Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds gave her reaction to the
news: "My immediate thoughts are with the many staff at the
local store who will be facing a period of great uncertainty as
the official consultation period commences. I understand that
Morrison's have issued a statement that the consultation is with
a view to close the store and that they will strive to redeploy
colleagues, this will be little comfort to the staff as we approach
the festive period. I have been in contact with Sedgemoor District Council's
Economic Development team and we are meeting early next week to
discuss the possibilities that are being pursued and the opportunities
this may present. I am keeping the Town Councillors informed as
we move forward and have invited the Chamber of Trade and James
Heappey MP to that meeting so we can share our proposals for the
site. My focus is on getting the site re-let, sold or redeveloped as
rapidly as possible so as to create job opportunities locally.
The conversations with Economic Development have been positive
and I will keep the pressure up to get a solution in place. The Morrison's site, with its large car park, is a gateway to
the town and I hope that by working closely with we can bring
plans forward for it's speedy redevelopment."