Residents mark closure of Hednesford's Co-op with event

By Jordan Reynolds | Hednesford | Business | Published:

An event was held to mark the closure of Hednesford's Co-op after 39 years.

The Hednesford Co-op shuts its doors after 39 years. Pictured front left are staff, John Rowley who served 39 years and Becky Young who served 24 years with the friends of Hednesford group

A band played and cakes were put on offer at the Anglesey Street store yesterday, as it is due to shut its doors for the final time today.

Plans to close the shop were announced in October as sales have fallen,but bosses said they would try and keep the post office inside the shop open.

A consultation period began on October 11 and finished on January 10.

The store is less than half a mile away from a Tesco Superstore and an Aldi.

In recent weeks customers, staff and visitors have shared their memories and photographs of the shop which have been placed on a window.

A Midcounties Co-operative spokesman previously said: "The long-term viability of our Hednesford food store has been reviewed, and despite the hard work of our colleagues sales have fallen and continue on a downward trend, with the profitability of the store being impacted.

"As a result, the society has taken the difficult decision to propose to close the Hednesford food store.

"It is anticipated that if the closure proceeds, the store will close at the end of the financial year on January 26, 2020.

"The proposal is to continue to trade the post office as normal, and the society is considering the building design to allow that to happen once the food store has closed."

The Midcounties Co-operative and the Post Office have been asked to comment.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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