FOLLOWING PERSISTENT rumours in the area that the big Co-op Store on Hull Road was being sold off to Aldi, Sainsbury, Morrisons, etc and amidst lots of media coverage of problems at the Co-op nationally, we asked Co-operative Food for a comment to confirm or deny any plans.
John Hall, from the Customer Careline Team, responded:
“The Co-operative Food has a clear vision to be the best local food retailer in the UK and over the coming years our main focus will be to develop our existing convenience estate of 2,000 stores.
“We aspire to increase our numbers of smaller stores significantly and over time we expect the balance of our estate to be much more concentrated within the convenience sector. It would be wrong to assume, however, that we are automatically going to sell our larger stores, including our store on Hedon Road, Hull.
“We regularly consider the performance of our entire estate and on a business as usual basis this will lead to us buying and selling stores as a matter of course.”
So does this scotch rumours of a sell-off!? It would be ‘wrong to assume’ an automatic sale says Mr Hall – but as local residents, we are still left wondering if it is being considered!?