More new owners for Safeway store

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IT'S all-change again at Garstang's Safeway store - which is to be taken over by Somerfield after being under Morrisons' ownership for the past few months.

The popular edge of town store was taken over by Yorkshire-based Morrisons as part of a multi-million pound buy-up.

But now Morrisons is selling 55 of its Safeway stores, including the Garstang branch, to the Somerfield chain.

Steve Back, Somerfield's chief executive, said the transfer of the Safeway stores into the group was good news for its business, for customers and for all the Safeway staff who would be joining Somerfield.

"Somerfield is the UK's leading local fresh food retailer and these stores represent a good fit for our business and our strategy for future growth. The 55 stores in England will further strengthen our position as the leading small format fresh food retailer.

"Everyone is very excited about the new stores joining our business and we look forward to welcoming all of the staff to our team and to building a better business for the future."

Jobs at the Garstang stores will be unaffected and it will be business as usual at the Park Hill Road store until it is given the Somerfield livery.

Somerfield have yet to announce when the Garstang store will be converted, though it is likely to be within the next few months.

The store may close for a few days when the conversion takes place.

Commenting on the Somerfield plans, Garstang Chamber of Trade president Mr Roger Stewart said: "They are welcome. The town needs good quality stores."

l Somerfield currently operates over 650 Somerfield stores nationwide and more than 500 Kwik Save stores in England and Wales.

The business dates back to 1875 and has an annual turnover of over 5 billion and almost nine million customer transactions every week.