CO-OP IN NEWPORT TO CLOSE IN 2021 – BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK?

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The Co-Operative in the heart of Newport will close next year, it has been confirmed – but it’s unclear what the future holds for the town’s multi-storey car park.

A supermarket has been situated on Pyle Street for decades and prior to being split up, Somerfields occupied the entire ground floor of the building. The Pyle Street location currently plays host to the Co-Operative and TK Maxx but from February 2021 the Co-Operative will be closing its doors for good.

The store’s closure will also affect The Post Office, who are now looking for a new operator for the Newport branch.

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It’s currently unclear how many jobs will be lost and what will happen to the multi-storey car park situated overhead.

A spokesperson for the Co-op has said:

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and while this often involves opening new stores, we also have to take difficult decisions and review our existing sites and how they support our goals of creating a compelling offer for communities, viably and conveniently.

“The decision is in no way a reflection on the hard work and commitment of colleagues, who have been informed and are being fully supported. We would like to thank the community for its support over the years.”

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Fred
Fred
6 months ago

Shame for all the staff , but co-op is so expensive and no longer supports working class customers , if they went back to roots then maybe more people would use the store pure greed at the top.

Smithy
Smithy
Reply to  Fred
6 months ago

True. I never shop there now way too much cheaper competition. Sorry for staff though. Always wonder how they maintain two in shanklin!

Wasp Star
Wasp Star
Reply to  Smithy
6 months ago

The two in Shanklin are different. The one on Regent street is a Southern Co-Operative. The larger one a northern Co-Op

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Wasp Star
6 months ago

And a lack of staff cue City…

Norbert
Norbert
Reply to  Fred
6 months ago

You really have no idea why co-op exist, do you? There are no greedy fat cats or shareholders. It is owned by it’s members, i.e everyone who works and shops there with a co-op card.

Just say no
Just say no
Reply to  Norbert
6 months ago

If its more expensive than other supermarkets and isn’t driven by profit, something’s going wrong isn’t it! Paying high rents on high streets is probably one reason, so congrats to greedy council yet again.

Last edited 6 months ago by Just say no
Chris
Chris
Reply to  Just say no
6 months ago

Council doesn’t set the rent, the landlord does – get your facts right.

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Fred
6 months ago

High prices, smaller portions and bad quality in my view.

Back Perm
Back Perm
6 months ago

Bring back Bumpers!

Ronald trump
Ronald trump
6 months ago

Probably the most robbed store in Newport, always see junkies running out with booze etc

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

This is a shame for the staff. But is to be expected with the growth of the super stores. I hope they use the land and build some affordable housing for locals instead of building on greenfield land. A nice block of one and two bedroom flats so our children can get on the housing ladder. First time island buyers only.

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Tom
6 months ago

Flats? More drug dens in newport lol

Ian
Ian
6 months ago

Co Op priducts are great quality and their points system is the best!! Luckily living in Ryde we still have an amazing Co Op.

Inbred iowter
Inbred iowter
6 months ago

Does this mean there will be no post office at all in central newport

Ed Down
Ed Down
Reply to  Inbred iowter
6 months ago

correct

Marcus
Marcus
6 months ago

Convert it to flats. The high street is going and will soon be gone anyway. Keep one floor for parking and the others for living accommodation.

Mariner58
Mariner58
6 months ago

The car park was originally NCP and now Horizon Parking, not sure why an empty CoOp beneath it would make any difference?

plato
plato
Reply to  Mariner58
6 months ago

It wont. It’s more fake “news”

James
James
Reply to  plato
6 months ago

It’s not fake so take yourself off this page don’t comments thing like that

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

Another shop closing very sad Newport will be a ghost town and very sad for the staff that work ther loosing there jobs

Last edited 6 months ago by Rob
Karn Evil 9
Karn Evil 9
Reply to  Rob
6 months ago

it’s losing, and, their jobs.

Andy Tyler
Andy Tyler
Reply to  Karn Evil 9
6 months ago

Never use a comma after the word “and”. The comma you used before the word “and” is acceptable though. Just saying.

Finger on the Pulse
Finger on the Pulse
6 months ago

Co-Op is expensive, some items are more expensive than Waitrose or Marks & Spencers, enough said!!

Islanderfrombirth
Islanderfrombirth
6 months ago

Oh no! Not the car park please

plato
plato
6 months ago

Unfortunately, no matter how laudable the Co-Ops offering is regarding supporting local products etc, the overall offering is somewhat old fashioned, many of the stores are not in the best places, are somewhat dowdy and out of step with more modern stores, and their products are just too expensive – im not paying an extra 5/6p on a tin of beans for example(or hundreds of other items) just because its from the Co Op.

D B
D B
6 months ago

Why are they shutting the co-op in Newport and are opening one up in Nettlestone opposite an existing thriving shop?

Korchead
Korchead
6 months ago

Isn’t the car park free if you shop in co op? feel for the staff, more victims of high streets in terminal decline soon they will be gone forever. Due to lack of investment lack of imagination by planners plus greedy parking charges. I never go to Newport now takes ages to get there, can’t find parking, when I finally do I feel ripped off at the machine not a good mind set to be in to go shopping then anxiously worried about getting a ticket. Shopping is all about having a nice relaxing day at the shops, & finally all high streets are boringly the same been to 1 been to em all. Needs to be more like Brighton’s lanes.

Common Sense
Common Sense
6 months ago

It was fairly obvious that either Co-op or Morrisons would go with Asda and Lidl opening in recent years. High street shopping is dead. Face facts. Too expensive to park, expensive prices due to high rents and rates, out-of-town retail parks and superstores offering free parking, and, of course…online shopping, which has doubled since March.

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