THE town's B&Q store will still close as planned.

The retailer has told We Are Barnsley that their plan to close the Stairfoot store, on Bleachcroft Way, will still go ahead, leaving the 72,000sq ft building without a tenant.

Supermarket giants Sainsbury's had planned to take over its running, but plans were shelved after falling sales scuppered its move.

It has reported a half-year loss of £290 million and said like-for-like sales had fallen 2.1 per cent during the period.

As many as 40 supermarket developments across the country will now not go ahead, and only eight new stores will be developed over the next three years.

A spokesperson from B&Q said: "Nothing has changed so the plan for B&Q to close the store remains.

"The planning process still needs to complete its course before we are able to confirm when we will close the store."