Shoppers have spoken of their sadness after Sainsbury’s revealed plans to close one of its Stoke-on-Trent stores.
The Hanley branch – on Etruria Road – and its adjoining petrol station are to shut early next year after being on the brink of closure for the past two years.
It is not known how many staff work at the branch.
Shopper Sophie Khan, aged 40, of Fenton, said: “I’ve been coming here for a while. I know it’s expensive but you get used to the staff. It is upsetting.”
Kitchen fitter Anthony Webb, aged 46, from Hanley, said: “It is unfortunate really because it’s quite local for us. I know it’s a quiet branch but that’s actually part of the reason why we have come here since Covid started. It just felt like a bit of a calmer, quieter environment to come and shop in. We’ve got used to it now! It’s a shame that it’s closing.
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“Sainsbury’s is a little bit more expensive but I do like Sainsbury’s since we started shopping here. We used to shop at Tesco – but it can be a bit manic.”
Lollipop lady Colleen Starkey, aged 63, from Sneyd Green, said: “This is not very good at all. I come here all the time. I’ll have to go to the nearest one which is Newcastle because I’ve got no other choice. It’s a shame.”
Sainsbury’s announced the closure in a statement issued yesterday.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Hanley store and petrol filling station early next year. We are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.
“Customers can continue to shop with us at our nearby store in Stoke.”
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