Shock as store is given axe

The Somerfield store which is owned by the Co Op on Station Parade Filey. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114104
The Somerfield store which is owned by the Co Op on Station Parade Filey. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114104

A FILEY supermarket is to be axed.

The Co-operative store, in Station Avenue, will close next month.

The move puts the store’s 18-strong staff team in jeopardy, though the company have confirmed they will help employees find new roles.

The closure has been put down to the store’s lease ending.

A spokesman told the Mercury: “The Co-operative Group can confirm that the store in Station Avenue is due to close.

“Staff at the store have been informed of the decision, which has been taken with the greatest regret.

“The closure is due to the store’s lease coming to an end, and is in no way a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team.

“Every effort will be made to redeploy as many as possible of the five full-time, and 13 part-time staff with The Co-operative Group, or to help them find alternative employment.”

The store was taken on by the Co-operative Group in 2009 after it took over the Somerfield chain.

Founded in 1863, the group has more than 5,000 shops employing more than 110,000 people with an annual turnover of £13.7 billion.

It also provides travelcare, financial services, healthcare, funeral care and legal services.

The company will continue to trade as normal from its Hunmanby store.