CO-OP has confirmed its food store in Westhoughton has closed its doors for the last time.

The shop on Market Street ceased trading on Saturday, July 11, bringing an end to the Manchester-based retailer’s presence in the town a decade after it closed its superstore on Cricketers Way.

Co-op announced in March that it would be closing 10 stores and was putting another 60 under review as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

A Co-op spokesperson, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and while this often involves opening new stores, we also have to take difficult decisions.

“It has been agreed to sell our store in Westhoughton. The well-being of our colleagues – who have been informed - is a number one priority, and we are pleased to confirm that they have the opportunity to transfer to the new operator under TUPE* arrangements, and are being fully supported throughout the sale.

“The last day of trading was July 11 and we would like to thank the community for its support over the years.”

In a tweet, Westhoughton Community Network, wrote: “We are sorry to see Co-op on Market Street close.

“It has been a champion of local community groups supporting several through its local causes scheme. The loss of the Westhoughton store will leave a hole in funding.”