The Co-op food hall in Ilkeston and the Post Office that operates from there are due to close in June.
The closure of the South Street store could result in the loss of 18 jobs.
It’s ridiculous, there are 40 empty shops on Bath Street.Anne Wood
A spokesman from Central England Co-operative said: “We can confirm that in order to pursue potential opportunities to develop the former department store site and as a result of the current trading environment we have taken the difficult decision and announced the proposed closure of our food store on South Street.
“The decision has been taken following a full review of the store’s trading performance which has indicated a decline in sales with increasing losses projected in future years.
“Unfortunately this closure will affect 18 members of staff which the Society is now in consultation with. Every effort will be made to find redeployment opportunities for those affected into other business areas or new stores being opened as part of the society’s on-going growth strategy.”
Anne Wood, who collects her pension from the post office based there, said the town needed the post office as the one on Bath Street was not big enough for the whole of Ilkeston. She has started a petition against the closure.
She said: “They can’t cram all of Ilkeston into the little one on Bath Street.
“It’s ridiculous, there are 40 empty shops on Bath Street.
“I am fuming. I understand the food hall but we need a big Post Office.”
A Post Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Central co-op have given us notice they are planning to close their store at Ilkeston.
“Customers should be assured that the Post Office is committed to maintaining a Post Office service in the area and will work hard to ensure this.
“We will be seeking alternative premises for the post office so local retailers interested in this business opportunity should contact us on 0845 266 8790 or email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk.”