Traders in a south London community have called for a supermarket chain to come and save their businesses.
Retailers in Upper Norwood, near Croydon, Surrey, claim that since the town’s Morrisons shut in November last year there had been a sharp fall in the number of people coming to the area.
They said that as a result their trade had been affected and have called for Croydon Council to find a new tenant for the 41,000 sq ft store quickly.
A spokesman for Morrisons said that it had been in contact with the council about the store and would welcome assistance in finding a new tenant.
He said that the store was being openly marketed but would not disclose if direct approaches had been made.
Ian Payne, councillor for Upper Norwood and cabinet member for economic development and corporate services at Croydon Council, said: “There are several years to run on Morrisons’ lease and it is clearly in its interests to find a suitable buyer.”