THE Co-op superstore in Prestonpans will close in November, the company has announced.

The firm employs 15 people at the supermarket at Links Shopping Centre on High Street.

The news has been met with dismay in the community.

Ward councillor Fiona O’Donnell said: “I was sorry to hear about the closure of the Co-op in Prestonpans.

“Its late opening hours save local people having to travel out of town.

“It also plays an important role in bringing people onto High Street and helping sustain other businesses.

“It will be a worrying time for the employees, and it is important they are given full support to find other employment.”

Ms O’Donnell added that she would like to see more investment in Prestonpans to help nurture local businesses and create employment.

Fellow ward councillor Lachlan Bruce said: “This isn’t welcome news.

“Obviously, we want that space open and operating so that it gives facilities for locals to use and also provides much-needed employment.”

The councillor said that he would be contacting the owners of the site to find out who the next tenant would be.

Brian Weddell, chairman of Prestonpans Community Council, added: “Whilst it is very disappointing that the Co-op are closing their store at Preston Links, it strengthens Prestonpans Community Council’s case for a fundamental review of our High Street.

“Prestonpans is one of East Lothian’s largest towns and deserves a High Street that can attract local shoppers and serve visitors along the John Muir Way.”

A spokesperson for Co-op said: “The Co-op is moving forward with real purpose and momentum, and while this usually involves the opening of new stores, we also have to make difficult decisions.

“After careful consideration, our store on High Street in Prestonpans will close. The last day of trading is expected to be in November.

“This is no way a reflection of the hard work of colleagues, who have been informed, and every effort will be made to find alternative roles for them.

“We would like to thank the community for its support over the years.”