Clitheroe Tesco not on closure list

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A rumour that Clitheroe’s Tesco store could be among 43 which the retailer is planning to close has proved groundless.

Tesco announced two weeks ago that it would close 43 of its less profitable stores across the UK in response to disappointing financial results. However, it did not say which stores would close.

That sparked a rumour that Clitheroe’s store, in Duck Street, could be among those earmarked for closure, with people suggesting locally that it must have suffered since the opening of the nearby Lidl store in Pendle Road and plans to open a branch of Aldi in Whalley Road. Clitheroe also has a Sainsbury’s and a Booths store.

A Tesco spokesman could not comment when contacted by The Clitheroe Advertiser at the time, but the retail giant has now released the full list of affected stores, and it does not include the Clitheroe branch.

Tesco will close seven of its superstores, 18 Tesco Express branches, 12 Metro and six Homeplus, while also cancelling plans for 49 new stores. It hopes to save around £250 million by doing so, with an estimated 2,000 jobs put at risk.

The nearest store hit by the closures is the Tesco Metro at Morecambe.