Supermarket rumours at video store

Blockbuster Video store on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool
Blockbuster Video store on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool
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SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons looks set to move into a resort video store which will close next month.

The company is keeping tight lipped over the move, but staff at Blockbuster on Whitegate Drive are believed to have been told of the move at a meeting this week.

One employee, who asked not to be named, said managers explained the store would close on March 21, and would later become a Morrison M convenience store.

The employee said each of the video rental shop’s 10 staff members were called in at 5pm on Thursday, when bosses read a letter confirming the sale of the shop.

The worker added: “They told us Morrisons had bought the store and that we were entitled to apply for jobs with them, though they were not guaranteed.

“Everyone is really upset and depressed.

“We have to work up until it closes so when are we meant to find a job?”

The employee said the Blockbuster staff were facing a difficult time as stores in Poulton and Fleetwood had already closed.

But she said St Annes and Norbreck branches were remaining open for the time being.

Neither Morrisons nor Deloitte, the administrator for Blockbuster, were able to confirm the announcement at Whitegate Drive.

David Slattery-Christie, whose partner runs the Savoy Coffee Shop nearby, has hailed the news as good for traders in the area.

He said: “I think this will be a good thing, to be fair.

“It’s better than having an empty unit on Whitegate Drive.”

A new Morrisons would add to the road’s two Tesco Express stores, a Sainsbury’s Local and a Co-op store.

But Mr Slattery-Christie, who lives on Whitegate Drive, said the convenience shops could do with a little new competition

He added: “Tesco does dominate that end of the road.”

Morrisons has announced it has bought 49 Blockbuster stores from Deloitte after the firm went into administration last month.

It hopes to have the new stores trading by the end of the summer.

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