Fears of store closure effects

Asda could be closing
Asda could be closing

Residents fear a supermarket will close after it was announced a consultation would decide if the chain remained in the town.

The Asda supermarket, in High Street, has announced it may be closing and residents and councillors have begun fighting to keep the store.

Staff were reportedly told that the store could be closing and a consultation has begun before a final decision is made.

Mayor of Market Weighton Cllr Peterm Hemmerman is urging residents to write to express their views on the store’s proposed closure.

He said: “The staff have been told it is going to close, I’m not sure when. Everyone is up in arms about it.”

Cllr Hemmerman also fears the knock-on effects from the supermarket’s closure.

He said: “It’s the knock-on effects with supermarkets. people will come to Asda park in there, get their shopping but then go into another shop and maybe another shop.

“It’s going to kill the high street.

“I think it will have a huge impact unless somebody else takes it of course unless Lidl or Aldi come along.

“But the thing is a lot of people like the staff as well, they’re great there.

“They are real friendly, they received a community award from the council.

“We are concerned about the staff, I think eveyone thinks they’re great and if they are going to lose their jobs it’s not good.”

A spokesperson for Asda said: “We are currently consulting with colleagues on proposals regarding the future of our Market Weighton store.

“Closing a store is always our last resort and no decision will be made until after the consultation period has ended and all options have been considered.

“We understand this is a difficult time for our colleagues and are grateful for their continued commitment to their local customers during this period.”

The dates of the consultation have not been confirmed.