Sunderland Morrisons store among those facing the axe

The Morrisons store in  Castle View, Castletown.
The Morrisons store in Castle View, Castletown.
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One of Wearside’s Morrisons shops is among those which could close.

The company announced last week that 11 stores were being looked at for closure and have confirmed the one in Castletown is among them.

Opened just four years ago, Morrisons wouldn’t say how many jobs at the Castle View store are in jeopardy.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “All we can say is we are looking at the store. It is still in the consultation phase.”

The struggling supermarket chains announced the closure of 11 supermarkets, putting 900 jobs at risk, earlier this month as it reported its latest slump in profits.

Pre-tax profits for the half-year to August 2 fell 47% to £126million while like-for-like sales for the period dropped 2.7% compared with the same period last year.

New chief executive David Potts said the group faced a “long journey” to turn around its fortunes.

Morrisons has also announced it is selling 140 M local convenience stores for around £25million to concentrate on its larger supermarkets.

Mr Potts said: “With great regret we are proposing to close 11 supermarkets. This is a difficult decision but one which we cannot see any way through to make those stores viable.”

This follows the closures of ten Morrisons supermarkets earlier this year.

Mr Potts said the latest proposed closures are mainly smaller-sized supermarkets and the move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million.

Mr Potts said of the firm’s turnaround plans: “This will be a long and challenging journey but an important one for one of Britain’s great retailers.”