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Farmfoods announces plan to close Nelson branch
AN ‘anchor’ tenant in Pendle Rise shopping centre, Nelson, is set to close down just before Christmas.
Frozen food retailer Farmfoods will end its association with the centre and leave the town.
It is believed staff have been told that the shop is likely to close on December 24. Many will be offered new roles in nearby Farmfoods stores, but some could be made redundant.
The move has been described as ‘the final nail in the coffin’ for the struggling shopping centre, which has been in the hands of the receivers for the past two years. Coun Eileen Ansar, who runs a clothing shop, Slick, in the town centre, said: “They have been trying to get retailers in Nelson to move into Pendle Rise, but would anyone go in when one of the biggest anchor tenants is going?
“I would say Farmfoods is responsible for at least 80 per cent of the shoppers that go into the centre. Without Farmfoods, the centre is finished, it would be the final nail in the coffin.”
The receivers were called in by the Bank of Ireland in November 2010.
Farmfoods is the largest unit in the centre.
Coun Ansar said: “It is a sad state of affairs – they are a big retailer in the centre and in Nelson and the operators of Pendle Rise should be doing everything in their power to keep them. It is the biggest tenant in there and it is a bad sign if they are leaving. It doesn’t say much for the confidence they have in the centre.”