Bosses blame ‘poor trading performance’ for decision to shut Boston supermarket

Somerfield, London Road, Boston.
Somerfield, London Road, Boston.

A TOWN supermarket is preparing to close – after another national chain announced it was pulling out of the area.

Somerfield, on London Road, Boston, will be closing on Saturday, November 17, affecting 31 members of staff.

It comes following the recent closure of high street stores in Boston including JJB Sports, Game, Julian Graves and Clinton Cards.

A spokesman for The Co-operative, which runs the store, said: “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 will be made to redeploy as many as possible of the staff with The Co-operative, or to help them find alternative employment.”

Ward councillor Mike Gilbert, said the closure would affect many people and added: “Somerfield provides supermarket services in a part of Boston which is poorly-serviced by other supermarkets.

“Its closure is a disappointment, but it may herald something more positive in future in that a larger supermarket might move in and offer services to people.”