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Co-op closure plan sparks ghost town fears

Pictured is the Midlands Co-operative Society's Fashion and Home store in Chesterfield which is due to close with the potential loss of over 100 jobs.

Pictured is the Midlands Co-operative Society's Fashion and Home store in Chesterfield which is due to close with the potential loss of over 100 jobs.

GENERATIONS of shoppers have been left heartbroken after one of Chesterfield’s oldest and much-loved department stores announced it is to close – with the potential loss of 117 jobs.

The Co-op Fashion and Home business, on Elder Way, in the town centre, is among nine similar stores which are to be axed by the Midlands Co-operative Society across the region, after the company struggled with retail changes, including an increase in online shopping.

Shattered residents who viewed the Co-op store as a die-hard business that has survived a world war and previous recessions now fear for the future of Chesterfield town centre which has seen HMV and Blockbuster go into administration, and Jessops close.

But Chesterfield Borough Council leader John Burrows is confident the town will bounce back, pointing to recent openings of other big-name companies, plans for the Northern Gateway scheme and Market Hall facelift.

See this week’s Derbyshire Times newspaper for the full story.

 

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