The Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council have received a response from Waitrose about the long-term future of their staff at the Torquay branch. Cllr Steve Darling, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, wrote to the supermarket chain last week.
He said: “I understand the Torquay branch of Waitrose was their 9th best performing store in the country in relation to area footage and had regularly met their sales targets. The letter gave assurances in respect of the support that Waitrose would be offering their staff. However, I have heard from a number of sources that the new operator may leave a gap of a number of months which could result in employment rights being lost for any staff from Waitrose. The current staffing level is 96 and this could drop to 30 if it is a budget supermarket.”
He went on to say: “I asked the Torbay Development Agency to contact Waitrose to see how they might be able to assist but, sadly, the contracts of sale have already been concluded. I have heard rumours as to who the new owners will be and plan to share my concerns with them once this has been confirmed.”