The Tesco Metro in the Chantry Centre in Andover is due to close at the end of their current lease which runs out at the end of June this year.
Councillor Nigel Long spoke to Tesco on Friday about the closure and was told there were several reasons why, but that they would make every effort to find work at the other Tesco shops around the town for the employees.
The reasons given were:
- The lease on the store ends this June;
- This is the only store they do not own so are limited in what they can do;
- Tesco have 10 other shops in a 13 mile radius of Andover;
- Footfall in the shop is down;
- The Tesco extra at River Way is their main site where most of their range is stocked;
Councillor Long said: “I also highlighted the fantastic staff in the Chantry centre site, especially David who was a Pride of Andover winner in 2013 and how he is a tremendous asset to the store. Always friendly and helpful.”
“My main concerns and thoughts are with all the staff and families whose livelihoods depend on working at Tesco. I did say that I hope that all the staff will be offered other jobs within the group.”
Tesco have been on the current site for many years, originally spread over two floors with a Homewares section on the first floor.
Updated Monday 17th March at 1.45pm
We asked for a response from Tesco – a Tesco spokesperson said:
“Closing the store was a difficult decision and our priority is to do everything we can to find alternative roles within Tesco for as many affected colleagues as possible. We’ll continue to serve customers in Andover from our Extra on River Way and through our online grocery shopping service.”