ANOTHER high street name is to disappear from Oswestry.
The Currys store in Church Street will close in April, the chain has announced.
The company revealed the news yesterday (Monday), adding that there will be no job losses as staff will be relocated to other stores.
It comes as the lease of the Church Street store expires.
Urging the chain the rethink the move, Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Martin Bennett, commented: “I am disappointed that Currys feel they no longer need a high street presence in Oswestry because I think it is going to place additional pressure on people who are looking for electrical goods as well as creating another gap in the high street.
“Therefore, I would hope that Currys might be looking to negotiate with the landlord of the rent and with the Valuations Office of the amount of rates they pay.”
But a Currys PC World spokesperson said the move was part of the company’s “ongoing store portfolio review”, adding: “We announced in 2008 that we would be closing a number of Currys.digital/Currys high street stores as and when their leases expired. The Oswestry Church Street store is part of that gradual five to seven-year process. This will give us a tighter portfolio moving forward; it is not a sudden reaction to the current economic climate.”
They added: “The local area will still be well catered for in terms of the latest technology and helpful customer service and support.”
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