in Burnham-On-Sea discuss future of former Morrisons site
of businesses attended a meeting organised by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber
of Trade & Commerce on Friday (January 22nd) where the future
of the former Morrisons supermarket store was discussed.
town's MP James Heappey was among those present, having been invited
by the Chamber, amid concern from businesses about the negative
impact the store's closure is having on the town centre.
constructive discussion saw several potential commercial uses
for the site considered, all aimed at boosting footfall and encouraging
trade, while securing jobs and providing a service to shoppers.
consolidated statement was agreed by those present which urges
the site's leaseholder, Morrisons, and the site's freeholder,
the Pension Protection Fund, to engage with the town's business
community," said a Chamber of Trade spokesman.
statement also expresses great concern about the prospect of a
non-grocery retailer opening on the site, threatening the trade
of established busisinesses in the town centre. This is being
taken up with both companies."
were pleased to see a good turnout at the meeting of Burnham's
business community alongside local councillors, the Town Centre
Manager, and MP, who is supportive of finding a positive outcome."
rumours suggest that nationwide discount retailing chain B&M
could soon take over the former Morrisons store in Pier Street,
despite a carefully-worded denial last month. B&M announced
last week that it is taking over the former Morrisons store in
closed down its Pier Street store at the end of last November
with the loss of dozens of jobs.
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