Traders living close to offices where 400 jobs are to be lost fear the move will affect their livelihoods.
Union chiefs announced yesterday that IT giant Hewlett Packard is proposing to move more than half of its staff based at Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, to new offices in Scotland and the North East of England.
The jobs will be relocated by the end of April, much to the dismay of traders in St Annes.
Vanessa Jones, manager at Ansdell Petrol Station, on Church Road, said: “I imagine it will have a big impact on petrol because we are the closest station to them.
“When people come in for petrol they pick up little bits for their lunch, so it will impact on us. I feel sorry for them.
“It doesn’t do any good for people in the area.”
Jill Wilson, owner of Just For You wedding cakes, on Monarch Crescent, added: “It will have an effect on local traders.
“If there are people moving out of the area it’s going to be a struggle. People usually come in to see me personally and they won’t be able to do that any more.”
Part of the Heyhouses Lane site is being demolished to make way for 250 homes, a Booths supermarket and a pub.