Unexpected newsagents closures results in anger
STRIPPED OUT: The newsagents was expected to close at the start of September at the same time as the post office but has been unexpectedly closed.
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THE unexpected early closure of a newsagent has angered residents and baffled Slough Borough Council.
The newsagent and in-house post office in Wentworth Avenue, Britwell, owned by the Dave's Discount Stores Group, were due to close on Tuesday, September 4, but the newsagent was unexpectedly closed from Monday.
The shelves of the newsagent were stripped by members of staff from the group's head office on Saturday and the store was completely empty from Monday morning.
Nine staff members of the post office and newsagent were given their proposed redundancy notices on Wednesday last week when the announcement was made that the store would cease trading, but the early closure of the newsagent has angered residents.
Danielle McGill, 43, of Rokesby Road, said: "It is disgusting that the staff have been dismissed at such short notice; some of them have been working at the shop for more than 10 years."
Slough Borough Council was initially unaware of the unexpected closure of the newsagent and has been searching for a new postmaster to take over the post office. A Slough Borough Council spokeswoman said: "Under the terms of their lease, they are required to be trading until September 4."
The post office remains operational and parties interested in taking over the facility have already been shown around the new site which they will be given fully-equipped and rent-free by the council.
Dave's Discount Stores Group, were unavailable for comment at the time The Observer went to press.
Slough Borough Council were also unable to contact the group at the time The Observer went to press.
The spokeswoman added: "We do have several interested parties and we are very hopeful one of them will take up the offer."
This article appeared in Slough Observer 10 Aug 12
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