Morrisons to stay in Wales

THERE’S good news for Morrisons customers across North Wales, as plans to close 11 stores do not affect North Wales.

Photo credit: David Wright

Photo credit: David Wright

Morrisons announced their plan to close 11 stores across the United Kingdom in early September, but would not comment on whether any supermarkets in North Wales would be among those closing. The decision to close 11 stores across the UK puts 900 jobs at risk. These closures are happening due to latest decline in profits for Morrisons.

There are 10 Morrisons stores in North Wales: Caernarfon, Bangor, Holyhead, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl (2), Denbigh, Connah’s Quay, Saltney and Wrexham. Morrisons also have three stores in Mid Wales at Aberystwyth, Welshpool and Newtown.

Under a separate plan the smaller Morrisons local store at Rhyl is to be sold, as they attempt to off-load 180 of its small stores for around £25million.

This is the 2nd time this year that store closures have been announced by the company, following a rough year with only one new store being opened.

The Chief Exec David Potts said the group faces a “long journey” to turn fortunes around.

The UK stores understood to be under threat of closure are:

Burnham on Sea, Somerset

Castletown, Sunderland

Clevedon, Somerset

Little Hulton, Greater Manchester

Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Oldbury, West Midlands

Salford, Greater Manchester

Shildon, County Durham

Streatham, London

Tyldesley, Wigan

West Bromwich (Hawthorns), West Midlands.