Staff at the Iceland shop in Cromwell Street have been reassured their work will continue.

The Co-operative Group said in statement yesterday (Friday September 20th) that: “We are pleased to have worked with Retail Hebrides Ltd to agree the purchase of its Iceland store on Stornoway.

"Our acquisition and refit programme forms a fundamental part of our food strategy and our aim is for stores to be at the heart of local life, creating stronger communities and offering great quality products conveniently, when and where our members and customers need them.

"Iceland staff will transfer over to the Co-op and we will be relocating our existing Cromwell Street Co-op and team into this site in order to provide a more modern convenience store to better serve the needs of the local community. 

"We will be speaking with both teams over the next few weeks and working hard to amalgamate them across the island's two Co-ops.”

Earlier Retail Hebrides Ltd said: "We would like to Inform all our customers that today we received confirmation that the Co-operative group have acquired our business, Retail Hebrides Ltd.

"We have a sale on in store of up to 20% off a large selection of our products. These products are 'when it’s gone, it’s gone!'

"We would like to sincerely thank you for shopping with us and are extremely grateful for the support you have shown us."

Even by lunchtime on Saturday, many of the shelves and displays were empty.