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Co-op looking to offload Flint and Connah’s Quay stores

SUPERMARKET chain the Co-op is hoping other retailers will snap up the two stores it is closing in Flintshire.

Earlier this month the company confirmed it was shutting its branches in Connah’s Quay and Flint on November 28 because of ‘poor trading performances’ – with the loss of 51 jobs.

But bosses at the Co-op, which owns both premises, say they are actively marketing the stores and hope to find new occupants in the near future.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “We are currently in discussions with Peacocks regarding the long-term future of their outlet inside the Connah’s Quay store.

“In the meantime we are marketing both the Connah’s Quay and Flint stores and we are obviously keen for them to be occupied by other retailers as soon as possible.”

Flintshire County Council has also said it will endeavour to attract new businesses so the prime town spots are not vacant for long.

Cllr Peter Macfarlane, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Flintshire County Council is concerned about the loss of the Co-operative Food stores in Connah’s Quay and Flint, and has made contact with the Co-operative to discuss the announcement.

“The council already has the Town Action Plan process in place to encourage new businesses into the town centres and these stores will now be targeted as part of that programme.

“Long-term plans are in place for the development of both Connah’s Quay and Flint and these plans will facilitate attracting business investment.

“In addition, the council and its partners will want to support any staff affected by these closures and will discuss this with the Co-op.”