Morrisons Nelson store safe from cuts

Picture James Hardisty, (JH1006/84e)
Picture James Hardisty, (JH1006/84e)

Morrison’s will not be closing their Nelson store in company cost-cutting measures announced this week.

The retailer has announced that up to 10 stores could close later this year after it was revealed that like-for-like sales figures over the six-week festive season fell by 3.1%.

But on Wednesday a spokesman confirmed that the Nelson store would not be closing, with the Accrington outlet the only one in Lancashire to face the axe.

It was also announced this week that Chief Executive Dalton Philips will leave his post at the end of March.

Morrisons reacted to the fall in figures by revealing on Monday that it intends to close a number of yet unnamed stores nationwide.

The Morrisons Nelson store in Pendle Street was built on the site of the former J. B. Battye Ltd’s textile mill.

When it opened in 1999, it was Morrison’s 100th supermarket in England.

Last year the Bradford-based chain also opened an M Local outlet in Barrowford.