Former mayor calls for unity in face of Sainsbury's closure

By Barrie Hudson - 7 August 2020

CommunityPoliticsBusiness

A former Swindon mayor has described the closure of the Brunel Centre Sainsbury's store as yet another blow to the local economy.

  • Coun Junab Ali called for a response transcending political boundaries

    Coun Junab Ali called for a response transcending political boundaries

The supermarket giant has announced that the supermarket is to close in November.

Coun Junab Ali, Swindon Labour Group's economic spokesperson, said: "This is another blow to the local retail sector and to the town centre. 

"Sainsbury’s decision to close store after 50 years is an indication  of how badly the Swindon economy is suffering in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Coming on the back of the recent WH Smiths job losses and against the looming backdrop of the Honda closure there is even more reason for all civic leaders, of whatever political colour, to work more collaboratively with each other and with parts of the private sector to ensure that any recovery plan we have is robust and sustainable – and has a clear focus on jobs."

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