New owners for old Seaham supermarket

Ron and Steph Guidi have taken over the former Co-op store in Green Street, Seaham.

Ron and Steph Guidi have taken over the former Co-op store in Green Street, Seaham.

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A SITE is being earmarked for development as a couple continue to expand their business.

Ron and Steph Guidi have taken over the former Co-op store in Green Street, Seaham.

It was closed down when the company bought out Somerfield, which already had a larger shop in the town.

Now the couple, who run Crazy Clearance, in Church Street, have bought the building.

They are considering what could be done with the shop or the land and are in discussions with Durham County Council’s planning and regeneration officers to find a project which will give the area and its growing reputation as a tourism destination a boost.

However, they are keeping their ideas under wraps while talks continue and planning applications are drawn up.

The purchase will not see the couple’s discount store brand, which also has businesses in Blaydon and Wallsend, move to the site.

Steph said: “I think Seaham has huge potential and we’re considering four different plans and looking at which one could work on the site.

“It’s quite a big building near to car parks and the sea, the North Dock’s due to open as a marina, it’s not far from North Terrace and the Terrace Green and Church Street.

“We hope to develop the property very soon and we’re really excited about it.”

The Co-op store ceased trading in April 2010, after it was put up for sale the previous August because of poor performance which the firm put down to the launch of other supermarkets nearby.

Its closure also prompted the end of the Post Office inside the building, which left the town without a counter service. A new franchise later opened in Church Street.

The Co-op had transferred its staff to the Church Street supermarket it had taken over, but that too closed in June last year after the firm said it was not doing well enough to remain open.

The decision led to the loss of 25 jobs and has left the unit, which was previously a Kwik Save, 
closed up while a new tenant was found.

Heron Foods is now due to take over the building and has applied for permission to put up signs and install new entrances.

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