FIFTEEN people are out of work after the Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Winsover Centre branch closed last night.
FIFTEEN people will be out of work when the Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Winsover Centre branch closes tonight (Monday).
The Spalding foodstore, home store and coffee shop in Winsover Road will cease trading, leaving all but two members of staff without jobs.
When the Co-op announced its plans to shut the branch it had hoped that jobs would be found for all 17 staff.
As part of the closure the town centre branch of the Post Office will be shut for the next four days while it is relocated. The branch will reopen in a new unit in Winsover Road on Saturday.
The society will continue to run the post office and is covering the costs of the relocation and fitting out the new premises, which are next door to the travel agency.
The members’ helpdesk will be re-located to the society’s Long Sutton Foodstore.
Cut-priced retailer B&M Bargains is hoping to move into the Co-op premises and the Co-op has confirmed that final legal work for the move is taking place.
B&M Retail, which sells cut-priced brand name products, has 190 stores across the country. It is believed it would employ 30 to 35 people at Spalding.
Managing director Simon Arora said: “Spalding is a town we are keen to move into, given the success of our Grantham and Lincoln stores.”
Lincolnshire Co-operative’s chief executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “We’d like to thank our staff at the Winsover Centre for their hard work over what has been a difficult time.
“Our commitment to Spalding remains strong and we continue to run a number of services in the town, including our travel branch, funeral home, Springfields Filling Station and Wygate Park Foodstore.
“After some difficult negotiations, we’re pleased to be continuing to run Spalding Post Office from new premises on the Winsover site. We know it’s an important service for people in the town and we were very keen to keep it open.”