The collapse of bakery firm Cooplands will be a huge loss for Doncaster, civic leaders have said.
The company was placed into administration earlier this week with the loss of 303 jobs. Its head office and factory in Wharf Road, Doncaster as well as 39 stores across the region will shut.
Now civic leaders have spoken of their shock following the announcement.
Doncaster North MP and Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “To see job losses of any number in Doncaster is disappointing, but the news of redundancies on this scale is a terrible blow for the area.”
Sue Phillips, Labour Mexborough MP, said: “It’s another blow for Mexborough. It’s disastrous for the town, first Tesco now Cooplands. It’s sad and a great pity, but unfortunately these are the times we live in.”
Caroline Flint, Labour Don Valley MP, said: “It will be sad day if Cooplands disappears. This is a long-standing Doncaster firm which has been a mainstay of outlying towns.
“The closing of their shops in Conisbrough, Edlington, Hatfield, and Rossington, among their Doncaster closures, is a big blow.”
Andy Pickering, Mexborough First MP, said: “The closure of Cooplands is disappointing, and a sad reflection on the difficult trading conditions that exist, when even long established companies are being forced to and beyond the brink of closure.
“We at Mexborough First regret the closure of any shop on our High Street, and would hope that the employees of Cooplands will be treated in as fair a manner as possible with gainful re-deployment being offered as locally as possible, or decent terms if employment is no longer possible.”
Sandra Holland, Labour Conisbrough and Denaby MP, said ”This will be a very sad day for Conisbrough and for Doncaster. Our hearts go out to those who are to lose their jobs.”
Craig Sahman, Labour Conisbrough and Denaby MP, said: ”The loss of Cooplands in our town centre is a bitter blow. We will be working hard to attract another business in these premises.”
Christine Mills, Labour Conisbrough and Denaby MP, commented that Cooplands is a Doncaster institution that many of us have grown up with – we will be very sorry to lose it.
Adminsitrators Deloiite was appointed as administrators for Cooplands last week.
Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 branches from Deloitte, saving more than 260 jobs.
However, 39 branches will close, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs.
Among them will be branches at Church Street, Conisbrough and High Street, Mexborough.
Branches at Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe and Houghton Road, Thurnscoe will remain open.