Here’s an enquiry that’s come in today from reader Dave, who’s asked about the closure of the Co-op store in the small precinct just off the Watling Street opposite Brownhills School.
I’m not sure whether the store is closed, or due to close; either way, it’ll be a big loss to the local community if it were to shut, as it will be some distance to the nearest store.
Just wondering if you can shed any light on the closing of the Co-op on the a5 Watling Street, Brownhills, as the staff have commented on the lack of shops that are that side of the A5 and the large community of people both old and young that like myself have come to rely on the shop and friendly staff.
Do you know or can you tell me how to find out if the shop is being taken over and will it be re-staffed or keep the old staff?
Keep up the good work!
The store is part of the Tamworth Co-op group, and the contact details are on this page. They have actually issued a press release this year, celebrating charitable donations raised at the store, so I’m hoping this is a misunderstanding as the Tamworth Co-op are normally a great operation.
I will email them on firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a clarification.
If anyone has anything to add, please do comment or mail me if you’d rather: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
Thanks to Dave for the headsup – this is a matter of real concern, thanks for drawing our attention to it.
I’ve not replied before because the situation was too vague to offer any useful information. This morning, however, I discovered from a senior staff member that they have been told they are not going to close, but it won’t be a Co-op. That’s all they know at present.
I’ve always found the staff efficient, cheerful and helpful, though it’s not easy for them with this uncertainty hanging over them. There is a petition, which I urge people to sign, if only to help with staff morale.
Word in store is that from or after 24 November this store will be Nicholls. Can’t see much about them on the www, but it appears they are quite new and will do something similar to Coop Local. It was quite busy when I was in there a few minutes ago, but I will see if I can find out more another time.
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