Boots has announced that 300 of its stores are going to be closing, with some doors of the high street giant set to swing shut for the final time within a matter of weeks.
After the closure of some Wilko and Next stores amid difficult trading conditions, Boots has followed suit in announcing shutdowns. The move, which Boots said will impact stores in close proximity to other sites, will reduce its store estate from 2,200 to 1,900.
However, thankfully there are no proposed redundancies despite the plan, as it intended to redeploy affected workers to nearby shops, but added that the reason six of the stores were closing was because they were not expected to reach financial targets.
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Speaking earlier this year, a Boots spokeswoman said: “Evolving the store estate in this way allows Boots to concentrate its team members where they are needed and focus investment more acutely in individual stores with the ambition of consistently delivering an excellent and reliable service in a fresh and up-to-date environment.”
Here is the full known list of stores that are set to close:
- Windhill Road, Wakefield – October 6
- Upper Warrengate, Wakefield – October 7
- Glastonbury – October 13
- Uppingham Road, Leicester – October 13
- Kings Square, York – October 28
- Warminster – October 28
- Guildford Road, Woking – end of October
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- Gorleston, Great Yarmouth – November
- High Row, Darlington – November 3
- Mudge Way, Plymouth – November 18
- Mount Pleasant, Exeter – November 18
- Front Street, Prudhoe – no date
- Lurgan (Northern Ireland) – no date
In another blow for the high street and for shoppers, Next has announced it is set to close 11 more stores this year.
Since the start of the year, many major high street chains – including New Look, Asda Living, Wilko, and Iceland – have announced closures across the UK.
Wilko fell into administration last month and at the time of its collapse, it had more than 400 shops and employed around 12,500 people.
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