Supermarket closure another blow for county

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The fate of a Northumberland high street supermarket has been sealed eight years after plans were made to expand and modernise it.

Eight years ago Tesco announced plans for what was described at the time as the biggest single investment in Bedlington’s history.

It planned to expand and modernise its store fronting on to the town’s Market Place.

But now the supermarket chain is to close the doors on the store this April.

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said: “In January I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores.

“It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Bedlington store is one of the 43 we plan to close.

“The decision to close the store has been exceptionally difficult to take.

“I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and the local community.

“Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

“I would like to thank all our customers who have shopped in our store.

“We will continue to do our best to serve them through our alternative stores and our dotcom service.”

The store is planned to close to customers on April 4.