Brid supermarket to close – 23 jobs lost

The Co-operative store in York Road is to close. (PA1316-10)
The Co-operative store in York Road is to close. (PA1316-10)

A Bridlington town centre supermarket will close next month with the loss of 23 jobs.

The Co-operative store in York Road, off Promenade, is set to close its doors for the final time on May 25, 
after staff received their notices earlier this week.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food, said: “Staff at the store have been informed of the decision, which has been taken with the greatest reluctance and is due to the store’s poor trading performance. It is not, in any way, a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team.

“Every effort will be made to redeploy as many as possible of the 23 members of staff with The Co-operative, or to help them find alternative employment.”

One regular shopper, Jean Forbes, says she is hoping to gather other regulars to visit the store on its last day to thank the staff for their efforts.

“The customer service in there is second to none, and I am really disappointed that it’s going to close,” said Mrs Forbes, of Turmer Avenue.

“I am going to put up a sign to get all the regular shoppers to go along and say thank you to them, because all of them always really go out of their way to help out.

“I feel so sorry for the staff and I have no idea where they are going to find jobs now, there is just 
nothing in Bridlington for them.”

The Promenade store is one of four Co-operatives in Bridlington, with the others located in St John’s Street, Wheatley Drive, and a larger one in Martongate.

There has been a supermarket at the York Road site for decades, with it playing home to Kwik Save and Safeway, before it was rebranded to a Co-operative from a Somerfield in 2011.

The announcement is a blow to the town’s depressed jobs market.

Latest figures show that record numbers of people are already claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance.

In the Bridlington Central and Old Town ward, there were 452 claimants of Job Seekers’ Allowance in February this year – more than double the number who were claiming in the area in 2006.

In the Bridlington North ward, there were 228 claimants in February, while Bridlington South had 945 claimants, down slightly from a seven year peak of 970 in January this year.