Gloucestershire cities may lose a supermarket as bosses try to close two stores

Two Gloucestershire supermarkets are under threat as the Midcounties Cooperative reviews their stores.

The company claims to have put a number of stores on the market to see if there is interest in the properties.
There are 44 shops within ten miles of Gloucestershire and are a feature of the small towns in the rural market.

Lydney’s stores in Dean and Caincross Forest near Stroud are among those that are examined under the microscope in the national magazine.

Staff have been told that their future is in doubt, but the company has not provided a time scale for any decision.

The Lydney store also has a pharmacy, travel company and Dorothy Perkins dealership and would leave a huge hole in the city center.

Face competition from a Tesco and the newly opened B&M deals and similar Midcounties stores in the Dean Forest towns of Newent, Cinderford and Coleford are not included in the review.

A spokesman for the Midcounties Cooperative said : “ Following a complete strategic review of the food retail trade, the Midcounties Cooperative has identified a limited number of stores that in their current format do not fit into the Company’s long-term strategy.

“This includes the Lydney and Cainscross stores. At the moment, no decision has been made on the future of these stores and they continue to trade as usual.

“We are considering the best approach for each site, including verifying the possibility of redeveloping, reducing the size of the stores or whether it is possible to find a suitable new site nearby.

“We also put some of these properties on the market to assess the level of interest of potential buyers.

“We will continue to keep colleagues, customers and members up to date as plans are developed.”

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