UK grocer Morrisons has released a statement about the possible collapse of the My Local chain, the former convenience arm of Morrisons, promising to offer former staff jobs.
Morrisons sold its struggling convenience stores to the My Local group last year for around £25 million, but the latter has also struggled to turn the business around, and has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators.
As a result, some 1,700 jobs are at risk and in a statement released by Morrisons it announced its attention to rehire former employees, should My Local wrap up.
The statement read: "We are saddened and disappointed to learn that My Local is about to enter into administration. We realise this is a very difficult time. We want to be able to help former Morrisons colleagues who work for My Local, who might lose their jobs as a result of this.
"We hope that My Local is able to continue to trade but if it does unfortunately have to close stores, we would re-employ any colleagues that want to rejoin Morrisons, and that previously worked for us and transferred to My Local in October 2015. We would welcome those colleagues back to Morrisons within 6 months of the individual store or head office closure."
The company also offered to consider current My Local employees who have not worked for Morrisons before, but stated it would not rehire anyone while My Local continued to trade.
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