Popular village shop to close in the spring

A supermarket chain is to close its store in Little Common in the spring.

The Co-op in Cooden Sea Road will close for good on April 1, a decision taken with ‘the greatest reluctance’, according to the chain.

There are 12 members of staff employed at the shop and the Co-op has said it is trying to redeploy as many workers as possible to nearby branches.

It is the latest blow to Little Common following the closure of the NatWest bank last summer.

A Co-op customer from Cooden said: “It’s really sad to hear that the shop is closing down.

“I really feel for the staff.

“When the old NatWest bank closed, it left a really ugly eyesore in the village.

“I hope that the Co-op building isn’t left empty for too long.”

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Group told the Observer: “We can confirm that our food store on Cooden Sea Road in Bexhill-On-Sea is to close on 1 April.

“Staff have been informed of the decision, which has been taken with the greatest reluctance and follows the expiry of our lease.

“It is not, in any way, a reflection on the commitment and hard work of the store team.

“Every effort is being made to redeploy as many as possible of the 12 members of staff with The Co-operative, or to help them find alternative employment.

“We would like to thank our shoppers for their valued custom over the years.”

There are fears that the building will end up like the old NatWest building, which has stood empty since the branch closed for business on July 25 2014.

When the bank announced its plans for the branch last spring, the Little Common and Cooden Business Association called a public meeting with representatives of NatWest, as well as residents and traders who wanted to know how their financial dealings could be managed in the future.

A number of people are believed to have closed their NatWest accounts in protest at the branch closure.