Central’s Store closes down after staff given just one week’s notice

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 12 July 2018

Central’s Convenience Store, Kelson Road, Worle.

Central’s Convenience Store, Kelson Road, Worle.


A Worle shop closed down yesterday (Wednesday) and its staff only found out about the plans last week.

Central’s Convenience Store, in Kelston Road, served the community for more than 30 years and prided itself on its personal touch with its manager hand-delivering papers, milk and bread to customers.

Customer assistant Brenda Douglass, who had been working at the store since Christmas, said she had a redundancy meeting 24 hours after being told the shop will shut.

She said: “Everyone’s shocked as it came out of the blue, we were only told last Thursday.

“Some people have worked here for more than 18 years – the company does not realise what it is going to do to customers and staff. I had my redundancy meeting on Friday and don’t know what I’m going to do now.”

An unsuccessful petition to prevent the closure received more than 300 signatures.

Central’s other Worle shop, in Ebdon Road, and its Milton Road store in Weston will stay open.

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Brenda added: “As a collective we pride ourselves on our personal touch, for example the manager took bread and milk to elderly people living in bungalows during the snow in March.

“There are vulnerable individuals who live around here who do not want to walk further to Tesco.

“A lot of our customers still have their papers delivered by our manager, everyone comes in here to have a chat.”

In December, Bargain Booze bought out Central Convenience for £25million but sold it to Bestway in April for £7million.

A Bestway spokesman said: “We are committed to providing the best stores and experience for our customers and colleagues.

“Local convenience stores offering great value, choice and service is the foundation of our business, but we have to ensure we have the right offer in the right locations and having reviewed our nationwide network we are proposing to close two Central Convenience stores.

“Despite only a small number of closures, we appreciate the impact this has on the colleagues affected, so we are now working very closely with them to ensure we retain as many of our talented people as possible.”

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