THE Pensnett branch of Sainsbury’s Local is set to close next month.

Sainsbury’s on Pensnett High Street is set to be taken over by Samy Ltd which trade as convenience stores such as Budgens, Spar, Londis and Premier.

The supermarket chain said staff were given the option to transfer with Samy Ltd or apply for vacancies at other Sainsburys stores.

The nearest branches to Pensnett are Gornal Wood and Amblecote.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said, “We have made the difficult to decision to close our Dudley Pensnett Local store, which will close next month. Customers can continue to shop with us at nearby stores, including Gornal Wood Local and Amblecote.

“Colleagues had the opportunity to transfer with the store to Samy Ltd. and apply for roles at other Sainsbury’s stores.

“We understand this will be an unsettling time for those affected and we’re supporting them in any way we can.”