Broadfield residents and community leaders have spoken of their disappointment over plans to close the neighbourhood’s Morrisons store.
The supermarket, in Broadfield Barton, was named as one of 10 loss-making branches which will close down.
Residents gathered at the store this morning (Thursday January 15) to express their disappointment with a decision some felt would tear the heart out of the parade.
Lyn Nicholson said: “I think it’s quite bad actually because there’s quite a few old people and it’s their local supermarket and they can’t get into town.”
Rosemary Pavoni added: “Morrisons will lose my custom because I won’t go into town.
“They will lose customers to other supermarkets.”
Carol Walters, manager of The Relate Shop, said: “It is the hub of the parade. It’s where everybody knows everybody.
“There was a huge gap when Somerfield left and the parade died. Now the parade will suffer again.
“My message to Morrisons would be to consider the local people and give it a bit more thought.”
Jeremy Brown, who runs a youth club at the community centre, described the help and donations Morrisons had given in the past and added: “From a community and church point of view, we’re really disappointed with this decision and hope something can be done to keep these local supermarkets in our community.”
Morrisons confirmed today (January 15) that its petrol station was also lined up for closure.