MORRISONS supermarket chain will take over the Co-operative store in Frodsham later this year – and both companies have confirmed the current staff will keep their jobs.
A spokeswoman for the Co-operative Group confirmed Morrisons had agreed to purchase the High Street store and the takeover is expected to be completed in April.
She said: “Stores are constantly being acquired and sold in this industry and the sale of the Frodsham store arises out of the Group’s proposed acquisition of Somerfield.
“The Frodsham store is being sold as a going concern and the 54 staff, who have been briefed, will automatically transfer to Morrisons, with their terms and conditions of employment maintained.”
The spokeswoman said the Co-operative Group would retain its Village Store in Kingsley and Late Shop in Chester Road, Helsby.
She said: “We are committed to continuing to operate these stores. We have recently invested £300,000 in upgrading the Kingsley store and the Helsby store is scheduled to be revamped this year.”
Mark Gunter, Group Store Operations Director for Morrisons, said: “We are looking forward to serving the people of Frodsham and welcoming our new colleagues on board.”