held over proposed Morrisons closure in Burnham-On-Sea
meeting was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (September 15th)
to discuss the impact of the proposed closure of the town's Morrisons
Town Centre Manager, a representative from Burnham Chamber of
Trade and a representative for MP James Heappey met with Phil
Adams from Sedgemoor District Council's Economic Development Team
to discuss the possibilities that are being pursued for the site
and the opportunities that this may present.
Burnham Chamber of Trade spokesperson said after the meeting:
"We are greatly saddened by the proposals to close Burnham's
Morrisons store. This supermarket is an essential part of our
town centre, providing valued shopping facilities and employment
for many local people."
would like to see the site remaining a prime retail location and
have this week taken part in a meeting about possible uses for
the site and the wider economic context for the town centre."
announced last week the proposed closure of 11 stores across the
UK in a cost-cutting move, with Burnham's seafront store one of
petition to save the store, which is online
here, has been signed by hundreds of people. Copies of the
petition can also be signed at Burnham's tourist information centre
and in the store itself.
Morrisons spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have
looked extremely carefully at whether our store in Burnham-On-Sea
can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of
making it viable. We are therefore proposing its closure. We are
consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing
how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our