The closure of a store in Conlig is a “disaster” for the local community, a North Down MLA has said.
Alex Easton said he is concerned about the effect the recent closure of the Vivo store will have on residents in the area.
He also said he was concerned over the loss of several jobs.
“I am concerned over the closure of the local Vivo store in Conlig, which is a lifeline for the community in providing a valuable service,” he said.
“The store is a lifeline for the local community and its loss will not go unnoticed.
“The closure is also unwelcome as it provided several locally based jobs.
“People should support their local shops; they provide a key service to communities and it is important that we see them maintained.
“This local store will be missed as it also provided a centre for the local community in Conlig.”
Gwen Wilson from Conlig Village Association said local people, especially the elderly, missed the shop “terribly” but there were rumours circulating that it could reopen in a number of weeks with a new owner.
“It would be good if the shop does open with a new owner but we haven’t heard anything concrete yet,” she said.
“The nearest shop is on the Green Road and that is simply too far to walk for an elderly person.”