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Ten staff set to lose jobs as Barrow Lidl store closes

TEN people will lose their jobs when Lidl in Barrow closes its doors for good next month.

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CLOSING: Lidl in Barrow

The supermarket chain announced to staff in Barrow at the start of the month that it plans to shut down the store on Wednesday July 25.

It has offered a transfer to another store to all those affected, but the nearest Lidl supermarket is over an hour away in Morecambe.

One employee, who asked not to be named, said they were all disappointed at the news and did not understand the company’s decision to close the store.

Clare Norman, public relations manager for Lidl, said: “The existing site was compromised in terms of space required to accommodate our range of products and unfortunately we were unable to extend the store due to site constraints. The staff were met on site by the regional director as well as the district manager and the reasons for closure were explained to them.

“Lidl would like thank all of our staff and loyal customers for their support over the years.”

Lidl has said it is continuing to look at options for buildinglarger stores in Cumbria, where it has four other supermarkets.

The closure of the Barrow store comes despite reports showing Europe’s economic crisis has seen shoppers flock to the discount supermarkets in record numbers.

The first quarter of 2012 saw Lidl grow 11.3 per cent to give it a 2.8 per cent share of the UK's grocery trade, while Aldi also has a 2.8 per cent share after its sales grew by 25.4 per cent over the same period.

In May last year, the Asda supermarket chain bought Netto’s 193 UK stores in a deal worth £778 million in an aggressive bid to close the gap on market leader Tesco.

While most Nettos across the country were to be converted into Asda stores, Barrow’s Netto – which traded out of premises in Risedale Road – was put up for sale as a condition set by the Office of Fair Trading, and is set to become an Aldi after being sold.

Have your say

well said Hindpool lad they ruined it when hey pulled piggy lane down

Posted by paul on 12 June 2012 at 15:29

How much more successful would this store have been if some half-witted Carlisle based highway planners hadn't decided Barrow needed a ctiy centre style ring road system? The changes made to the incoming A590 alongside the store make it difficult to reach for the majority of the inhabitants of the town. Walney Road has always been one of the widest roads in the town - why on earth it needed to be reduced to a ridiculous one way system is beyond me.

Posted by Darren McSweeney on 12 June 2012 at 13:52

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