MORRISONS is set to close four stores in a move that puts roughly 400 jobs at risk.
The branches earmarked for closure are located in Crawley, Ince near Wigan, Shirley in Solihull and Swindon town centre.
Of these, the Crawley and Swindon branches opened just five years ago.
The news comes after the grocer was the worst-performing member of the big four supermarkets in the past three months, with sales down 2.7 per cent, according to Kantar data.
Last month, Morrisons’ market share stood at 10.1 per cent compared to fifth-placed Aldi’s 8.1 per cent.
Around the same time last year, Morrisons’ market share was 10.3 per cent while Aldi’s was much smaller at 6.7 per cent.
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Morrisons said the decision to close branches was made after a review of the performance of its 494 stores.
It added that it’ll aim to reduce redundancies and redeploy staff where possible.
The supermarket couldn’t say when the shops will close as it’s just started a consultation process, which is expected to last for 45 days.
Morrisons is also planning to open four new stores in Bolsover, Canning Town, Folkestone and Oswestry in October and November this year, it told The Sun.
A Morrisons spokesperson said: “As we continue to focus on building a broader, stronger Morrisons we are constantly reviewing opportunities for new stores and the performance of our existing estate.
“We are planning to invest in four new stores this year and are today, regrettably, proposing to close four.
“We will now be going through a consultation process at the stores and will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and, where possible, redeploy our highly valued colleagues within the business.”
Then in January, it announced plans to hire 500 paid apprentices to work on it meat, fish and bakery counters.
Earlier this week, Morrisons sparked outrage by hiking cost of plastic bags to 30p each in third price increase this year.
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