Job losses as Cooplands in Morley and White Rose Centre to close

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Cooplands bakery in both Morley town centre and the White Rose Shopping Centre are to close.

Administrators dealing with the closure of the failing Doncaster firm released a provisional list of the branches they plan to close, which includes both the Queen Street and the White Rose Centre shops.

A total of 40 branches are due to shut with 41 remaining open.

Adrian Berry, joint administrator, said: “Cooplands has seen a recent deterioration in trading performance across its retail business, which combined with a significant fixed manufacturing cost, has resulted in unsustainable losses.

“Regrettably we have had to close 39 retail stores together with the bakery and head office in Doncaster.

“However, there is some positive news today with the sale of 41 retail stores and the entire mobile sandwich van business, which will preserve 259 jobs.”

Paul Davies, director at Resolve said in a statement: “Resolve are pleased to announce the purchase of the majority of Cooplands (Doncaster) stores preserving over 260 jobs across the local area.

“Cooplands will continue to focus on providing great customer service and the best quality products at competitive prices. To celebrate the purchase, Cooplands will be introducing some great new offers from tomorrow.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers and staff for their support during Cooplands’ 83 year history and your local bakery looks forward to serving you for many years to come.”