Job fears as Morrisons store closes

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  • Earlestown store set to close on March 29
  • Retail bosses say the store is ‘unviable’
  • Unions brand announcement a ‘devastating’ blow to staff

Dozens of jobs are under threat after a major supermarket announced the closure of its flagship Earlestown store.

Morrisons on Haydock Street will close on March 29, with countless workers now threatened with redundancy.

Morrisons’ closure is devastating news for the staff

Joanne McGuiness, USDAW national officer

Bosses at the supermarket giant say the site had become “unviable”.

A company spokesman said: “Working closely with our colleagues we have looked carefully at whether the store can be turned around but unfortunately have found no way of making it viable. The store will therefore close on March 29.

“We are continuing to consult with colleagues to reduce the risk of redundancies and redeploy as many of them as possible around our business.”

The spokesman declined to revealed how many jobs are likely to be affected by the move.

However, the company does say it is discussing redeployment options.

The Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) branded the announcement as “devastating” for staff.

Joanne McGuinness, USDAW’s national officer said: “Morrisons’ closure is devastating news for the staff, who are now entering one-to-one consultation meetings.

“Our priority is to seek redeployment opportunities for members and minimise compulsory redundancies.

“We are supporting, advising and representing our members throughout this process.”