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On the last day of one of the major supermarket’s 2,500 stores, customers complain that “it hurts so much.” Pi News

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A MAJOR supermarket with 2,500 stores nationwide is closing shop today.

The co-op at Peacehaven’s Meridian shopping center in East Sussex welcomes holidaymakers one last time before pulling the plug.

The Co-op is closing its Peacehaven store in East Sussex today

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The Co-op is closing its Peacehaven store in East Sussex todayCredit: Getty

Local residents were saddened by the loss, with many taking to Facebook to express their displeasure.

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“It’s such a pain, I can’t get the dog food I want from Tesco,” said one shopper.

Plans for the new shopping area were approved by Lewes District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, April 19, and include a Morrisons store as well as other retail space, a library and a town square.

It is not yet known whether co-op workers will be made redundant, but it is said the development will create 390 new jobs in the city.

“The cooperative’s grocery store will continue to serve the community from the center until January 20, 2024,” said a spokesperson for the cooperative.

“Co-workers are fully supported. The Co-op remains committed to serving the area and operates a number of stores nearby, including in South Coast Road, Peacehaven.”

The high street has been hit hard in recent years as shoppers increasingly turn to online retail and away from brick-and-mortar branches.

According to the British Retail Consortium, 6,000 retail outlets have closed their doors permanently in the past five years.

The trade association said the closure was partly due to business rates and the impact of Covid lockdowns.

It comes after a number of closures were announced by the Co-op group in 2023.

The chain closed branches in Princess Drive, Grantham, Linthorpe Village, Middlesbrough and Lodge Lane, Bridgnorth, in January.

Its branch at Folkestone Central railway station also closed for refurbishment that month.

The supermarket, Claynes, in Ombersley Road, was scheduled to close in March this year, but a date was not confirmed at the time.

The branch in Castle House, Sheffield, closed permanently on July 22, but the nearby Broad Lane and Glossop Road stores remain open.

A branch of the chain in Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, closed on August 19.

And on October 28, 2023, four ill-fated Co-op stores closed as retail giant Tesco bought them and took them over.

A number of well-known brands have also been rocked in the past year, with Cath Kidston, Wilko and Paperchase entering administration.

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Other chains survived but were still forced to close branches such as Sainsbury’s and New Look.

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