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Homebase to close Cheadle Heath store

Two major businesses have announced they will leave the Edgeley and Cheadle Heath area.

Barclays will shut its branch on Castle Street, Edgeley, on July 18, while Homebase, on Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath is to close on June 28.

The bank has blamed the closure on a lack of customer visits and says it has invested in improvements at the nearest of its other branches on Bridge Street in Stockport town centre.

A Barclays spokesman said: “We are constantly reviewing the way we work to ensure we can deliver a service that is shaped around the way customers are choosing to carry out their banking.

“The way our customers interact with us is changing.

"In cases like Edgeley, where there is low customer footfall and the type of transactions carried out in the branch are limited, we need to balance this with ensuring we provide access where our customers want us.”

Homebase confirmed its store next to Morrisons in Cheadle Heath is also to close but did not comment as to the reasons.

But staff at the store say the outlet has been bought by B&M Bargains.

A Homebase spokesman said: “Discussions are currently taking place with affected colleagues to find alternative employment in our neighbouring stores as well as our sister company Argos.

“As a commercial business, Homebase continually assesses its property portfolio.

“We cannot comment on the reasons for exiting specific sites and decisions will be dependent upon reviewing each individual store as the lease expires.

Source : Manchester Evening News

22 April 2014
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