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Over 2,000 dedicated Tesco staff are devastated to hear that their store is set to close, says Usdaw

Date: 28 January 2015 Tesco has today identified the 43 stores that they intend to close, which leaves over 2,000 jobs at risk. The company statement and list of stores is below.
Pauline Foulkes – Usdaw National Officer says: “This is devastating news for over 2,000 dedicated staff in the 43 Tesco stores across the UK, who have worked hard to make their shop viable during a difficult time for the company.
“We will now enter into full and meaningful consultation meetings on this proposal, where we will look closely at the company’s business case for the closures. Our priority is to maximise employment within Tesco, seek redeployment opportunities for members, where possible, and to keep job losses to a minimum.
“We will support, advise and represent our members throughout this difficult period of uncertainty.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 433,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

Statement by Mr Lewis, Tesco CEO: “In January I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores. The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take.  I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and local communities. Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.  We will continue to serve our customers through other local stores and our dotcom service.”

Tesco stores identified by the company for closure:
Bearwood Express
Belvedere Express
Church Street Ballymena Express
Heaton Chapel Express
Heybridge Essex Express
Houghton Regis Express
Liverpool Kensington Express
Longbridge Road Barking Express
Northfield Birmingham Express
Raymouth Lane Worksop Express
Sheffield Manor Express
South Tottennham High Road Express
Tredegar Express
Troon Express
Walsall Wood Express
Wealdstone Express
Whitley Bay Express
York Road Hartlpoole Express
Bicester Metro
Bootle Metro
Caerphilly Metro
Crossgates Metro
Devizes Metro
Grangemouth Metro
Mexborough Metro
Morecambe Metro
Ormskirk Metro
Runcorn Metro
Smethwick Metro
Woodseats Metro
Bedlington Superstore
Chatham Superstore
Connswater Superstore
Cregagh Road Superstore
Doncaster Superstore
Kirkcaldy Superstore
Wrexham Dodds Lane Superstore
Bristol Cribbs Homeplus
Chelmsford Homeplus
Chester Homeplus
Edinburgh Homeplus
Southampton Homeplus
Staines Homeplus

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