Major job losses as two Doncaster Tesco stores will close

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Two Tesco stores are to close in Doncaster with the loss of 180 jobs.

The supermarket giant announced the town centre superstore in Church View is to shut, resulting in the loss of 125 jobs.

Tesco's superstore in Doncaster, which is earmarked for closure

Tesco's superstore in Doncaster, which is earmarked for closure

Meanwhile, the Mexborough Metro store is also going, with the loss of 55 jobs.

Both stores are due to shut on April 4.

They are included in a list of 43 ‘unprofitable’ stores that will be shutting around the country in the next couple of months.

Nationwide, around 2,000 people are losing their jobs. In total, 18 Express, 12 Metro, seven superstores and six Homeplus stores are shutting their doors.

Dave Lewis, chief executive officer for Tesco, said: “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.”

Falling sales and profit warnings in the past two years resulted in Tesco announcing the store closures plan.

The firm had previously shelved plans to open a further 49 new stores - including a new supermarket at Capitol Park in Thorne, This scheme would have created about 130 new jobs.

In addition, plans to double the size of the town centre superstore, which will now fully close, were also axed. This would have offered 150 new positions.

The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) said the move is a hammer blow for workers.

Pauline Foulkes, Usdaw’s national officer, said: “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.”