Leamington’s Co-op electrical shop set to close

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Leamington’s Co-op electrical shop will be closed after failures to compete with the boom in internet shopping.

The Heart Of England Co-operative Ltd in Warwick Street will cease to trade over the coming year as part of a phased closure of all the company’s non-food stores.

The exact date for closure has not yet been announced but the decision was made following planned closure of the Coventry department store next month.

A statement from the Heart of England Co-operative Society said: “As part of this process, the Heart of England Co-operative Society board took the opportunity to review the future of our non-food operation.

“As a result of this review, the board has now taken the decision that, over the coming year, the non-food division will cease to trade.

“This will mean the closure on a phased basis of our non-food stores in Nuneaton, Bedworth, Atherstone, Hinckley, Rugby and Leamington Spa.

“It is a decision which has by no means been taken lightly, however the retail environment has become increasingly challenging and this, coupled with the growth in online shopping, has meant that our non-food division is no longer viable as a business.

“Its closure will enable us to invest in the profitable areas of the business, namely food and funerals, to ensure that the Society has a sustainable future and continues to service the needs of the local community as we have over the past 180 years.”

The company closed its Kenilworth Co-op Electrix in 2013.