THE future of The Midcounties Co-operative Food in Stourport is in limbo as the group says the store "does not fit" with their "long-term strategy."

The Lombard Street store was reopened in 2016 following a £1.2million renovation which saw the introduction of new facilities and services to create a "village under one roof".

The 17-week renovation project welcomed a Post Office, Coffee Republic café, Co-operative Healthcare and Co-operative Travel branches.

Now, following a strategic review of its Food Retail Business, the Midcounties Co-operative Society say they have identified a small number of stores which do not fit with the long-term strategy of the Society in their current format, which includes the Stourport branch.

A spokesperson for the Midcounties Cooperative Society said: "No decision has been made on the future of these stores at this time and they continue to trade as usual.

"We are considering the best approach for each site, including reviewing if the stores can be redeveloped, reduced in size or if an appropriate new site nearby can be located.

"We have also placed some of these properties on the market to assess the level of interest from potential buyers.

"In regards to the Stourport site, we have not entered into any agreements with any parties and are considering how we make best use of the site for the long term.

"We will continue to keep colleagues, customers and members updated as plans develop."