A national retailer has announced it is pulling out of a busy shopping park in central Lancashire in a move described as a “huge blow.”
Tesco announced yesterday that its Homeplus store at the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, is to shut its doors.
Our priority is now to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.
The store - which opened in 2009 - is one of six Homeplus shops owned by the supermarket chain that will close on June 27.
A spokesman for the chain said “87 colleagues are impacted by the decision.”
He added: “We’ve taken the difficult decision to close our remaining six Homeplus stores, including our Preston store.
“Our priority is now to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.
“We would like to thank all customers who have shopped in our store and will continue to serve them through our local stores on Friargate and Church Street in Preston and our Tesco Direct service.”
The 43,000sq ft sells products such as clothing, furnishing, cookware, toys, electrical goods, lighting and home accessories.
The next nearest large store is the Tesco in Leyland.
Walton-Le-Dale West Councillor Mike Nelson said: “I am shocked, that is bad news. That is a blow. It is people’s jobs and livelihoods. I am upset for the people and the employees concerned.
The announcement comes months after it was confirmed the Vue Cinema is leaving the retail park.
The building currently home to the Vue will be demolished to make way for restaurants and new shops.
Today Hugh Evans Deputy Chief Executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chambers of Commerce said: “Although we’re seeing some growth in the retail sector the problems at Tesco clearly show that the company is still facing massive competitive pressure in what is a very challenging environment. Our hope is that the jobs can be saved and a new tenant found for the Centre as soon as possible”
The five other stores to close are in Bristol, Bracknell, Nottingham, Denton and Bromborough.