Axe falls on electrical store

The Currys Digital store will close on November 5.
The Currys Digital store will close on November 5.
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BLACKPOOL is set to lose a town centre shop, with up to 10 jobs going in the process.

The Currys Digital store on Church Street will close its doors on November 5, just months after its group’s PC World and Currys superstore merged on Blackpool Business Park.

A spokesman for the firm said: “As part of an ongoing national programme, we have announced the closure of our Currys Digital store in Church Street. We are consulting with the team there and supporting them as they look for their next roles.

“We hope a number of them will be transferring to our newly refitted Currys and PC World Superstore, which has been very well received by customers since opening.”

Howard Lewis of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group, said although it was a loss for the town centre, it was understandable given the tough time large retail groups were experiencing.

He added: “It’s not great news, but given that some of the operators are in difficulties, not surprising.

“At least Currys is not pulling out altogether. You can understand consolidating makes sense for them – it’s just a shame it’s not in the town centre.”

The retailer has struggled in the recession with a UK-wide slowdown in the purchase of white goods.

The owner of Currys issued two profit warnings earlier in the year, following a difficult Christmas 2010.

In 2008, the chain announced 77 out of 177 shops would close as they reached the end of their leases in a bid to cut back on costs as part of a major revival plan for the group. Its shareholder dividend was also cut.

Blackpool town centre lost 65 jobs last month when TJ Hughes closed its doors, however, more are expected to be created on the site when discount retailer Poundland moves into the now empty Bank Hey Street store.

Catalogue store Argos is moving into the former PC World, creating between 30 and 40 jobs, after the computer store merged with Currys on Blackpool Business Park.