Building future uncertain as staff go

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THE FUTURE of the now ex-Somerfield store is uncertain following the shop’s closure last Saturday.

The shutters came down for the final time on the store at 6pm last week, with 18 staff being made redundant.

Now questions remain over the building in Station Avenue.

The building was only being leased by the Co-Operative, and the store’s decision to shut was attributed to that lease ending.

However, it is situated in a prime location within the town and there are hopes that it could attract a new business.

If a new occupant does fill the space, it is unlikely it will be a supermarket due to the buildings close proximity to Tesco.

Following the closure of the Somerfield last Saturday, a Co-operative spokesperson said: “The closure of the store is not, in any way, a reflection of the commitment and hard work of the store team, whose performance has been exemplary.”

The only member of the team to have been retained from the closure was the stores manager, who the Mercury understands is considering redeployment options, most likely with either the stores in Hunmanby or Scarborough.

In its final week, stock was heavily reduced allowing shoppers to snap up bargains.

The store will now be gutted to help attract a new occupant.