18 jobs go as Filey store shuts

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A FILEY supermarket is set to close down today, taking with it 18 jobs.

In total, five full-time and 13 part-time staff have been made redundant following a two-week consultation process with management at the Somerfield in Station Avenue after it was revealed last month that the store was shutting due to its lease ending.

It was hoped that the process would see at least some of the staff get retained by the company, and the company had promised to make “every effort” to help staff find new roles at either their Scarborough or Hunmanby stores.

However, the only member of staff to be retained by the company is the store’s manager, who is currently considering redeployment options.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Group, which operates Somerfield stores, said: “The Somerfield food store on Station Avenue, Filey, will close as planned on Saturday (5 November).

“The store employed five full time and 13 part time staff, who have opted to take redundancy, while the store manager is considering redeployment options.

“The closure of the store is not, in any way, a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team, whose performance has been exemplary.”

The store was taken over by the Co-operative as part of their £1.57 billion acquisition of Somerfield in 2008.

It still carries the Somerfield branding, however, a decision has yet to be made on what will happen at the building.

Stock at the store was heavily reduced throughout the past week in preparation for the shutters coming down for the final time at 6pm today.

It is believed that the store will be completely gutted in a bid to help find a new owner for it.