EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan; East Wales; Wales
Location of affected unit(s): Barry, Blaby, Ashbourne, Teignmouth, Torquay


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 07-03-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 440
Planned Job Reductions max: 440
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Waitrose supermarket has announced plans to close five of its stores which will result in 440 job losses. The stores are located in Barry, Blaby, Ashbourne, Teignmouth and Torquay. It is being reported that four of the sites (with the exception of Ashbourne) are due to close in June 2019 when new owners will take over the premises. The plans are now subject to a formal consultation during which Waitrose has said it will explore possibilities for affected staff to remain with the company. A spokesperson for Waitrose expressed sadness at the closures, but stressed that the company was unable to continue operating sites which are not profitable.