In a bid to save £1.5 billion, Tesco has been cutting jobs and has plans to close down meat, fish, and deli counters in 90 of its supermarkets across the UK with Quedgeley and Cirencester being amongst the first to go, reports GloucestershireLive.
The two Gloucestershire stores are the first to be affected, with Quedgeley retaining only its deli counter that will now be operating at reduced hours, opening Wednesday to Saturday, and closing Sunday to Tuesday.
“Our counter changes have now taken place in store and we have communicated these changes to our customers,” said a spokerperson for Tesco. “We have supported colleagues that have been impacted by these changes including, where possible, offering alternative roles in our business.”
Cornwall is next on the chopping block, with closures expected for St Ives or Penzance, and cuts elsewhere that will see meat and fish counters closing altogether while the deli counters will keep going at some stores (via CornwallLive).
“Overall, we estimate that up to 9,000 Tesco colleague roles could be impacted, however, our expectation is that up to half of these colleagues could be redeployed to other customer-facing roles,” said Tesco in a statement earlier this year.
“We expect that around 90 stores will close their counters, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter offer for our customers.”