Jobs lost with closure of Co-Op's Crossways store in Paignton
THE Co-Op store in Crossways shopping centre is to close with the loss of 24 jobs.
The Paignton store will shut on Wednesday, November 28. Bosses say that it is due to a lack of trade.
A Co-operative Food spokesman said: "Staff at the store have been informed of the decision, which has been taken with the greatest regret.
"The closure is due to poor trading performance and is not, in any way, a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team."
He said that every effort will be made to redeploy as many of the four full-time and 20 part-time members of staff within the group or to help them find alternative employment."
Crossways pharmacy will also be closing from December 3.
It will be moving to the new look Corner Place GP surgery at Curledge Street.
Mark Healey, director and pharmacist, said the decision would be better for patients.
He said: "It will mean easier access for patients to NHS pharmacy services."
Matthew Clark, chairman of the Paignton BID, a business self-help project, said it was sad to see long standing names go but it could bring new opportunities.
Mr Clark, who owns Torbay bookshop said: "It is very sad that the Co-Op, a store of that size, is closing and it is upsetting for the staff but it might be that it brings opportunities for a new brand into town.
"I think the Co-Op is the largest store in terms of square-metres available and that could attract new retailers."
He said that the future of Crossways had been the subject of discussion for many years.
But a new six-month rent freeze had attracted new businesses to the units including a new computer gaming store.
"The £3 all-day parking has also been a good move," he said.