Store denies link to former outlet

The Somerfield store which is owned by the Co Op on Station Parade Filey. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114104'11/10/11
The Somerfield store which is owned by the Co Op on Station Parade Filey. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114104'11/10/11

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has denied it wants take over the town’s former Co-operative store.

Strong rumours had been circulating which suggested bosses at the company had planned to buy the empty Brig Centre shop to bolster the clothing arm of its business.

However, a spokesperson for Tesco said there were no proposals to move into the building, adding the group was more than content with the success of its Station Avenue store.

The shop, which still carried Somerfield branding after it was taken over in 2009 by the Co-operative Group, closed earlier this month with 18 staff made redundant.

The shock move came after the building’s lease came to an end.

Following the closure a Co-operative spokesman said: “The closure of the store is not, in any way, a reflection of the commitment and hard work of the store team.

“Their performance has been exemplary.”

It is expected that the store will be gutted internally to ready it for a new future occupant.

Founded in 1863, the Co-operative Group has more than 5,000 shops in its portfolio 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.