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Future of farm shop uncertain amid claims it’s shutting down

Joshua Godfrey 9th Mar, 2017 Updated: 10th Mar, 2017

AN EVESHAM farm shop has launched a consultation with staff over the future of the store amid claims it is shutting down.

The Observer has been sent an anonymous e-mail from a staff member at Millets Farm Shop which claims, following a meeting on Monday (March 6), the store is set to close at the end of April.

As a result of the consultation it means the 45 staff employed at the store now face the threat of redundancy.

The e-mail also claims company bosses have decided to close the store due to the shop making losses for the last few years.

The farm shop, based at The Valley, first opened its doors back in 2008 and is one of two stores owned by the Carter family who first began trading back in 1978.

The family also own Millets Farm in Oxfordshire which boasts a farm shop, garden centre and restaurant.

The e-mail said: “I work at Millets Farm Shop at the Valley in Evesham. We have just had a staff meeting and basically been told the store is closing at the end of April and all of the 45 staff are being made redundant.

“The store has been making losses for a few years now and the owners have decided to shut it down.”

A spokesperson for The Valley said: “We understand Millets Farm Shop has begun a consultation period with staff over the future of the farm shop and we await the outcome of that.”

The Observer contacted Millets Farm Shop but they declined to comment.

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