'Last person out switch the lights off' shoppers complain as supermarket with 2,500 stores to close location in weeks | The Sun

SHOPPERS have been left fuming after a supermarket with 2,500 stores is set to close one location in weeks.

Co-op's College Green store in Bristol will be closing its doors for the final time next month.

The supermarket confirmed that the final day of trading would be December 9 before the shutters come down for good.

The city centre store opened in November 2018, two years after the former Morrisons M-Local shop closed down.

But just five years after moving in, the shop will again become empty.

Competition from other rival supermarkets could be a factor, as Tesco and Sainsburys are both nearby in the city centre.

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And staff have reportedly been reassured of jobs in other branches across the city after the closure next month.

Shoppers on social media were quick to weigh in with their opinions on the situation.

One wrote on Facebook: "Even supermarkets are closing now, this country is closing down last person out switch the lights off."

Another said: "All the businesses and shops are closing in the zone as predicted!! Well done marv and clown's amazing work destroying Bristol!!"

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A third wrote: "Please don't touch our melksham Co-op we need it!"

A spokesperson for Co-op, confirmed: “Co-op regularly reviews its stores and, only after careful consideration has the decision been taken for its store in College Green, Bristol, to close next month.

"Our priority has been to fully support colleagues, with positions in Co-op stores locally offered to all employees.

"Co-op remains committed to serving and supporting its Members and customers in Bristol, and operates around 30 stores in communities in and around the City, including two within a mile of College Green."

It comes after a high street shop with over 160 stores loved by parents has announced the closure of another location.

Major toy chain The Entertainer is set to pull down the shutters of one of its branches located in a popular Bristol shopping centre.

It comes just days after the store announced they would be closing another one of its town centre branches, with locals left devastated.

But it's not just toy stores that have been hit hard, many high street retailers have been struggling to stay afloat over the past few years, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the same time the cost of living has been rising, leading to shoppers cutting back on non-essential spending.

Energy costs have soared and more consumers than ever are taking their shopping online rather than physically visiting brick-and-mortar stores.

This has left several retailers grappling with budgets and being forced to close branches to slash costs.

Argos today revealed it is closing its standalone store at Kettering Retail Park for the final time.

Boots recently revealed it would be closing 300 stores over the next year as part of plans to evolve its brand. 

B&M has already closed nine of its stores since February this year.

Popular chains including M&Co, Paperchase, and Wilko closed all stores in 2023.

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