Waitrose to close Barry store

Waitrose has announced it is to close its Barry store later on this year.

The Barry store employs 122 staff , who were told yesterday that the supermarket will stop trading on the 9th of June.

This comes after rumours last week that the Barry store would not be closing, after a representative confirmed to AM Jane Hutt that there were no plans to close the store.
Hutt posted an update on the story on her Facebook page on Friday evening informing residents that she had contacted Waitrose and received the following response:
‘Thank you for your letter to our Managing Director, Rob Collins, he has asked me to respond on his behalf.
Reviewing our estate is a normal and an important part of running our business, but we have no further announcements.
The Barry store is not closing nor has any announcements been made, we are unsure where this information has come from however this is not true.
If you would like to discuss this further please don’t hesitate to contact me. ‘

But officials have since confirmed the store which has served the Barry community for nearly 15 years will close this year.

A statement from Waitrose & Partners regional manager, Alistair Bullock, said: “We have taken great pride in being part of the Barry community for almost 15 years so the sale of the shop is not something we take lightly, but we have sadly not been able to find a way to make the shop commercially sustainable in the long-term.

“Our priority is our Partners working there who will be fully supported throughout the process and we will identify opportunities for those wishing to remain with the business wherever possible.”

The Barry store is the largest of five branches to be closed across the UK.

The others are in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Blaby, Leicestershire, and Torquay and Teignmouth, both in Devon.

It is also being rumoured that the frozen food giant Iceland could take over the site on Palmerston Road.

Iceland have so far declined to comment.

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