THE FASHION and homes division of a Staffordshire Co-operative has become the latest casualty of the high street crash.
Today Midlands Co-operative announced the closure of its Fashion and Home Store, the latest in a growing list of shops to announce it was closing its doors.
The Stafford branch of the retailer on Gaolgate Street currently employs 73 people and will be part of the 'phased closure' over the next six months.
A spokesman for the company said 'major' changes in the retailing sector and the growth in online shopping had created 'significant and fundamental challenges' for its business.
“Whilst our other businesses have flourished, the society has been incurring substantial losses from the Fashion and Home operation for more than a decade and in spite of sustained efforts to improve performance, the latest financial projections indicate a further decline with increasing losses in future years."
She said all customer orders and gift vouchers would be honoured and enquiries would continue to be handled by staff during the closure period.
It is understood that none of the Co-operatives food stores are affected by the announcement.