Jobs under threat with Currys to close store

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Up to 16 jobs are under threat after electrical retail giant Currys confirmed it is to close its Sudbury store.

The shop, which specialises in computer equipment and household electrical goods, will shut its outlet on Shortlands Retail Park at the end of the month.

Yesterday, staff at the store refused to comment but Ben Lovett, a spokesman for Dixon Retail, which owns the company, said the closure was part of a portfolio review started in 2008.

“This is part of our five to seven-year plan for a new layout and will mean we can bring in upgrades for other stores,” he said. “It is a calculated decision.”

In recent years, Dixon Retail has been merging its Currys and PC World businesses into two-in-one megastores, with a number of closures nationally.

Mr Lovett said the 16 workers at the shop had been informed of the decision to close and the last day would be July 27.

“All the staff have been offered jobs in nearby outlets,” he said.

“The lease on the store has come to an end and, as it was winding down, we chose not to renew.”

The closure comes as a blow to the Sudbury economy and John McMillan, president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, said its location may have been a factor.

“That isn’t a great location and those kind of shops haven’t been doing very well,” he said.

“There are small signs of recovery but we are still limping on.”