The 43 Tesco stores shutting their doors for good

The closures could see at least 2,000 staff losing their jobs.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 20 Mar 2015

When Tesco boss Dave Lewis announced 43 ‘unprofitable’ stores in the UK would be closing as part of a raft of cost-cutting measures annouced earlier this month the question was inevitably ‘which ones?’ followed by ‘when?’

And, lo, Lewis has sated our curiosity, with a list of 18 Express, 12 Metro, seven superstores and six Homeplus stores - that's half of the non-food barns - across the country that will be shuttering their doors.

'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,' he said in a suitably 'feeling' statement.

The Express and Homeplus stores are closing on March 15, while the Metros and superstores are shutting up on April 4. The roughly 2,000 staff at these stores are being told today that their jobs are 'at risk', according to a Tesco spokesman, although Lewis said they would offer them 'alternative roles' where 'possible'. How many would end up losing their jobs is apparently being decided during the 'consultation process,' the spokesman said.

While that’s clearly not good news for the affected workers, the closures should be put into perspective. Tesco employs more than half a million people around the world and more than 310,000 in the UK, where it has 3,461 stores including franchises. These closures are just a drop in the ocean and we’ll have to wait and see what impact the cost savings will have.

Here is the full list of store closures:

Tesco Express stores

Bearwood
Belvedere
Church Street Ballymena
Heaton Chapel
Heybridge Essex
Houghton Regis
Liverpool Kensington
Longbridge Road Barking
Northfield Birmingham
Raymouth Lane Worksop

Sheffield Manor
South Tottenham High Road
Tredegar
Troon
Walsall Wood
Wealdstone
Whitley Bay
York Road Hartlepool

Tesco Metro stores

Bicester
Bootle
Caerphilly
Crossgates
Devizes
Grangemouth
Mexborough
Morecombe
Ormskirk
Runcorn
Smethwick
Woodseats


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Tesco Superstores

Bedlington
Chatham
Connswater
Cregagh Road
Doncaster
Kirkcaldy
Wrexham Doods Lane

Tesco Homeplus

Bristol Cribbs
Chelmsford
Chester
Edinburgh
Southampton
Staines

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