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.
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.“Our Pyle Street, Newport, store will continue to serve our community through the present lockdown. However, after careful consideration, it will close next year.
“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.”