Morrisons buys Somerfield store

PUBLISHED: 10:12 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

THE Royston Somerfield store

THE Royston Somerfield store

SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons has bought the Somerfield Store in Royston. The future of the shop, in Baldock Street, had been in doubt after the chain was purchased by the Co-Operative group last year. However, Morrisons has announced that it has acquired 3

SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons has bought the Somerfield Store in Royston.

The future of the shop, in Baldock Street, had been in doubt after the chain was purchased by the Co-Operative group last year.

However, Morrisons has announced that it has acquired 38 Somerfield sites across the country, including the Royston store.

Jacky Game, service manager at Somerfield Royston, said: "The staff have been told that we'll be trading as Morrisons from March 23.

"All the current staff are being kept on, but will be given new contracts."

Stephen Larcombe, chairman of the Royston and district Chamber of Commerce, said the move was a "positive" one for the town.

He said: "The chamber's number one concern is to maintain the vitality and viability of Royston town centre, and to have a major player investing in the town is undoubtedly good news.

"Big companies like Morrisons are very hard-nosed, and to have them buying up a shop in the town is an indication of the confidence they must have in Royston."

Mr Larcombe is hopeful that the presence of Morrisons will spur other large retailers to come to Royston.

He said: "In the last year we have seen WH Smith open up, and Costa Coffee will be opening a branch in the town soon.

"The chamber is going to be pushing forward a retail strategy for Royston which we hope will bring all businesses together."

Mark Gunter, group store operations director for Morrisons, said: "We look forward to serving the people of Royston and bringing our products to new customers.

"We would also like to welcome our new colleagues on board.

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