Morrisons has stated round 1,300 jobs at “loss-making” McColl’s retailers could possibly be axed after it purchased the comfort retailer chain in a £190m rescue deal earlier this yr.
The grocery store stated in a press release on Tuesday it has plans to close round 132 shops “in an orderly style” over the rest of the yr.
It comes after the Competitors and Markets Authority final week greenlighted Morrisons’ takeover of McColl’s.
All employees affected by the plans might be “provided different employment at a close-by retailer”, Morrisons stated.
It expects some McColl’s shops to return to profitability as a part of the turnaround.
Morrisons, purchased by US non-public fairness agency CD&R in a deal price a reported $9.5bn (£7bn) final yr, and stated McColl’s remained a enterprise with robust “potential” however that there was a “nice deal of labor to do”.
“I’m assured that the mix of McColl’s conveniently situated shops and nice colleagues, along with Morrisons scale, model, methods and recent meals experience, will result in a metamorphosis of the enterprise,” Joseph Sutton, Morrisons’ comfort, on-line and wholesale director, stated.
“We very a lot remorse the proposed closure of 132 loss-making shops however it’s, very sadly, an essential step in direction of the regeneration of the enterprise.”
He added: “I’m assured that McColl’s can, within the Morrisons household, as soon as once more turn into a rising, thriving and vibrant comfort enterprise serving native communities throughout the UK.”
Based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Morrisons is the UK’s fourth-largest grocery store chain, with 497 websites throughout the nation, serviced by greater than 18,000 employees.