Seventy workers in Fakenham face Christmas on the dole after the shock announcement that one of the town's supermarkets will close in two weeks. Rainbow Foodstore, in Holt Road, will shut on November 25 after 22 years in the town following the sale of the site to rival low-cost supermarket Lidl, staff have been told. Staff say that Lidl intends to rebuild the store, which is expected to take at least six months, but said they are still waiting find out what job or redundancy offers will be available. A Tesco store opened in the town in August and some customers believe the store is the latest local casualty of the unstoppable march of the supermarket giant.
The manager at the Fakenham store said he was unable to comment but that the co-operative would issue a statement today. No one was available for comment from Lidl.