Convenience chain SimplyFresh has “no immediate” plans to expand its “Market” fascia after the first store collapsed in under three months.
The site was “years” in development, combining grocery shopping with areas for customers to order food and coffee.
It opened at Redditch’s Kingfisher Shopping Centre in July, days before the final lockdown restrictions were lifted, but shut for good in late September.
Speaking to betterRetailing, a SimplyFresh spokesperson admitted that the closure was “regrettable”.
“The store suffered from the downturn of footfall in the shopping centre in which it was situated,” they claimed.
Three months ago, SimplyFresh director Kash Khera said the shop was in “a fantastic location, situated in the heart of a vibrant town”.
It opened shortly after Sainsbury’s scrapped its supply agreement with SimplyFresh when it pulled out of independent wholesale.
The Big 4 grocer had supplied five stores since January 2020.