Talks continue over store site

Talks are ongoing to fill the retail hole being left by Morrisons closing its Cramlington store.

Officials at Northumberland County Council have been meeting with the company following the decision to close the store at the Brockwell shopping centre on March 29.

Morrisons said the store has been losing money for some time, despite investing £150,000 last September, and closure was a last resort.

They are now looking to bring in a new tenant.

Local councillor Wayne Daley has welcomed the ongoing talks and is hopeful a new tenant can be found, although his immediate concern is the 47 employees who will lose their jobs.

He said: “Whilst I do not accept Morrison’s decision is the right one, we must now try our best to make sure this site is viable and we attract a major retailer to the site.

“With the planned closure of the doctors’ surgery, Brockwell shopping centre will lose two of the biggest attractions to the location.

“I have spoken with Lidl’s property manager about the site as many local people have asked if they would be interested to come to Cramlington on the ‘Save Our Store’ Facebook page. I hope they will come to see the location and realise what a viable site it is.

“The real issue now is to protect the 47 jobs and I hope that the new stores opening in Cramlington and re-locations will mean that everyone is supported.”