Tesco cuts 4,500 jobs at Metro stores and announces shorter opening hours for 134 Express branches

TESCO is to axe 4,500 staff in 153 Metro stores in the latest round of redundancies at the UK’s biggest supermarket, the company has announced.

It also plans to reduce opening hours in 134 Express stores, with doors opening later in the morning and closing earlier in the evenings.

 Thousands of Tesco Metro staff will lose their jobs as the supermarket looks to cut costs


Thousands of Tesco Metro staff will lose their jobs as the supermarket looks to cut costsCredit: Alamy

The changes come as the company said they were working to “simplify and reduce processes”.

The smaller versions of the supermarket were originally designed to accommodate shoppers and their weekly shops.

But Tesco said that 70 per cent of Metro customers were using them as convenience stores.

To meet the demand, the supermarket chain said it wants staff to “work more flexibly” across the store but keeping less stock in the back.

The brand has promised to find alternative roles for affected staff within the company where possible.

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI CEO, said: “In a challenging, evolving retail environment, with increasing cost pressures, we have to continue to review the way we run our stores to ensure we reflect the way our customers are shopping and do so in the most efficient way.

“We do not take any decision which impacts colleagues lightly, but have to make sure we remain relevant for customers and operate a sustainable business now and in the future.”

The firm says that it has already begun talking to staff about the changes but it’s not yet clear when redundancies will be made.

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The supermarket has already announced 15,000 job cuts on its fish, meat and deli counters in January this year.

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