Padiham Co-op is to close with 19 jobs at risk

The Co-op, Padiham

The Co-op, Padiham

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

NINETEEN jobs are at risk after the Co-operative confirmed it is to close its Padiham convenience store.

The Co-op, which has had a presence in the town for more than 100 years, will close its Burnley Road shop on June 14.

Former Burnley MP Peter Pike described it as ‘a sad day for the staff and the local Co-operative movement’.

The closure comes just 18 months after rival retailers Tesco opened a superstore in nearby Wyre Street.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “We can confirm that The Co-operative Food store in Burnley Road, Padiham, is to close on Saturday June 14.

“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 is being made to redeploy as many as possible of the 19 members of staff with The Co-operative Group, or to help them find alternative employment.”

Mr Pike, Burnley MP from 1983 to 2005, said: “As a regular shopper at Padiham Co-op I am very sorry to hear the store will close on June 14 making 19 staff redundant.

“I was a former director of the Co-op and in the 1960s the Padiham Co-op merged with Burnley Co-op to form the Pendle Co-op.

“In the 1960s there were some Co-op stores – far too many – but this closure will only leave one food outlet on Briercliffe Road, Burnley.

“It is a sad day for the staff and the local Co-operative movement.”

The future of the building has yet to be decided.

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3:41pm Tue 6 May 14

slants says...

nice one burnley council.
nice one burnley council. slants
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8:16pm Tue 6 May 14

woolywords says...

Many may think that I bear a grudge against the Co--op, per se, but this is this not true. I shared that acrimonious anecdote, as proof of how deep that bigotry runs in my veins.
Women don't spit, but my Grandma used to do it, in the path of oncoming nuns.
You can have no idea, of what ingrained bigotry flows through me.
Am not Orange Lodge, nor Freemason, (although just by dint of birth, am gifted to high offices, in both places,) as I think the whole lot of them need their heads banging together.
The Co-op thing, was to expose how, people in power, assume that they have power over you, where they don't. My Mum, was a real virago of shoppers rights, when none existed.
They need to be told, in no uncertain terms, they are elected to represent us, me and you, and not go off, on some tangent of an agenda, they never mentioned, nor asked our opinions of, in the meanwhile.
If they don't keep to election promises, as set out in their manifesto, I'm of the opinion that, I have just cause to sue them, under Trading Standards law, for not doing, what it said on the tin!
(Except for Mo Bateson, who does more than the tin. Lovely woman, shame she's Labour. Really can't fault her, she exemplifies the true virtues of a doorstep politician.. Just wish she'd stop knocking my door, for an opinion.)

Maureen, if I were ever opinionated enough, (which I'm not,) I'd writing stuff in the Telegraph columns, which I don't.
It's a good job that her, and her mate, Christine Connelly, are old bats, making them, a precious species...
you just have to live with it.
Many may think that I bear a grudge against the Co--op, per se, but this is this not true. I shared that acrimonious anecdote, as proof of how deep that bigotry runs in my veins. Women don't spit, but my Grandma used to do it, in the path of oncoming nuns. You can have no idea, of what ingrained bigotry flows through me. Am not Orange Lodge, nor Freemason, (although just by dint of birth, am gifted to high offices, in both places,) as I think the whole lot of them need their heads banging together. The Co-op thing, was to expose how, people in power, assume that they have power over you, where they don't. My Mum, was a real virago of shoppers rights, when none existed. They need to be told, in no uncertain terms, they are elected to represent us, me and you, and not go off, on some tangent of an agenda, they never mentioned, nor asked our opinions of, in the meanwhile. If they don't keep to election promises, as set out in their manifesto, I'm of the opinion that, I have just cause to sue them, under Trading Standards law, for not doing, what it said on the tin! (Except for Mo Bateson, who does more than the tin. Lovely woman, shame she's Labour. Really can't fault her, she exemplifies the true virtues of a doorstep politician.. Just wish she'd stop knocking my door, for an opinion.) Maureen, if I were ever opinionated enough, (which I'm not,) I'd writing stuff in the Telegraph columns, which I don't. It's a good job that her, and her mate, Christine Connelly, are old bats, making them, a precious species... you just have to live with it. woolywords
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8:29pm Tue 6 May 14

woolywords says...

In all of this aside humour, I truly feel so sad, for those that have spent long years in service, to the Co-op and their customers.
It is my earnest hope that you can find some prospect of employment in the very near future, within your locality.
Whilst I may appear biased against you; it is not you, personally, but more the company that you served, so loyally.
Take heart that, the Co-op will do it's utmost to gain you a position elsewhere; as they, like me, truly value their staff.
I honestly wish, each and everyone of you, the very best for your futures.
In all of this aside humour, I truly feel so sad, for those that have spent long years in service, to the Co-op and their customers. It is my earnest hope that you can find some prospect of employment in the very near future, within your locality. Whilst I may appear biased against you; it is not you, personally, but more the company that you served, so loyally. Take heart that, the Co-op will do it's utmost to gain you a position elsewhere; as they, like me, truly value their staff. I honestly wish, each and everyone of you, the very best for your futures. woolywords
  • Score: 0

12:05am Wed 7 May 14

999999999 says...

i thought there were going to open a Alidi here?
i thought there were going to open a Alidi here? 999999999
  • Score: 2

9:38am Fri 9 May 14

Random Username says...

slants wrote:
nice one burnley council.
Slants, Burnley Council refused planning permission for the Tesco for the very reason that it would impact on local trade. Tesco, with their millions appointed one if the country's leading retail planning barristers and they won an appeal.
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: nice one burnley council.[/p][/quote]Slants, Burnley Council refused planning permission for the Tesco for the very reason that it would impact on local trade. Tesco, with their millions appointed one if the country's leading retail planning barristers and they won an appeal. Random Username
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