Regional daily journalists discovered they are to move offices after receiving a press release about a supermarket being built on their current site, it has been claimed.
However a rival hyperlocal website has claimed that the first some Daily Post staff knew of the plan was when they read a press release issued by cut-price retailer Lidl about its plans to redevelop the site.
No date has yet been set for the move from Vale Road, the Post’s home of 16 years, to Bryn Eirias, on Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay.
The new office building was built in 2007 and will become home to more than 30 journalists and more than a dozen commercial staff who produce the Post, the North Wales Weekly News, the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald and the Bangor and Holyhead Mail series.
According to the Wrexham.com story, news of the move “came as a shock” to Daily Post staff.
One told the website: “The fact that staff working hard at the office have found out they could be moving where they work through a press release from a supermarket chain leaves a bitter taste.”
Trinity Mirror has not commented on the Wrexham.com story, but has issued a statement confirming the forthcoming move.
Daily Post editor Andrew Campbell said: “We have some great memories of Llandudno Junction but it’s time to move on. We are delighted to be staying in the heart of the beautiful North Wales region in a location that is perfectly placed to proudly serve our loyal readership.
“Bryn Eirias offers improved facilities, particularly internet access It’s also close to the police headquarters and opposite Parc Eirias which plays host to the region’s top rugby team RGC as well as some of North Wales’ top concerts.
“Colwyn Bay is on the up and we’re delighted to become part of its resurgence. We firmly believe this new office is perfectly suited to enable Wales’ biggest selling regional newspaper and the region’s most viewed news website to prosper for many years to come.”
The company says a more detailed announcement will be issued in the coming weeks along with a date for the move.
Trinity Mirror North Wales business development director Andy Phelan added: “Staying in the local area was an essential part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local business with their marketing strategies whilst upgrading premises to more appropriately reflect our modern multi media services means it is an exciting time for our North Wales operation.”
The Daily Post was founded in Liverpool in 1855 and has been North Wales’ main daily newspaper for more than a century.
The Welsh Daily Post was managed from the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo’s Old Hall Street base until November 2000 when it moved into the North Wales Weekly News offices at Vale Road.