September 21, 2015
Hundreds sign petition to save Burnham's Morrisons from closure

Over 400 people have signed a petition urging Morrisons to rethink the proposed closure of its Burnham-On-Sea store.

We reported earlier this month that the firm had announced the proposed closure of 11 stores across the UK as part of a cost-cutting move - with Burnham's seafront seafront store among those affected.

A petition launched last Monday to save the store - which is online here - has been signed by over 400 people.

Residents have been leaving comments of support for the store, saying that it is too vital a community facility to close.

Sheila Forte says: "The store is the centre of the community and there are no grocery shops in the town, no fruit and veg and no butchers. What are we to do, especially those who do not drive, it will be a great loss to everyone."

Susan Bessell adds: "This is a very central convenient store especially for holidaymakers and provides jobs for many local people in a small town with very little job opportunities."

Valerie James says: "I use Morrisons all the time and it is essential to have a supermarket in the town. The loss of jobs just before Christmas is devastating for the staff."

Susan Underhill adds: "I'm very worried about the elderly and less able people having no nearby supermarket and jobs of the loyal staff."

Mark Yardley says: "We visit Burnham to do our shopping most days. We want to buy our groceries in the town, not have to travel to Tesco or Asda."

Leighton Nurton says: "Morrisons in Burnham plays a big part to the community, selling all kinds of products for any type of weather. Hot days and rainy days we need this store to keep the atmosphere high and from the residents complaining."

A 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 business."


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