Boots follow the likes of Burger King and John Lewis in having to make job cuts and start closing down stores amid declining sales and disrupted supply chains, in order to mitigate the “significant impact” that the pandemic has had.
It is thought that Boots will cut more than 4,000 jobs in total, with seven per cent of the business affected, including the support office in Nottingham, positions such as assistant and deputy manager, beauty adviser and customer adviser roles and the closure of some Boots Optician stores.
Despite being one of the nation’s much loved high-street shops and the online site being swamped on occasion, especially at the beginning of the lockdown, it’s been reported that Boots’ sales in store dropped by almost 50 per cent in the last few months – spelling out a crisis for the company.
But which Boots stores are set to close? And will your local be on the list?
Which Boots stores are facing closure?
48 stores are facing closure with job cuts affecting around seven per cent of the company, following the announcement by Boots yesterday.
Managing Director of Boots UK, Sebastian James said in a statement when the closures were first announced, ‘The proposals announced today are decisive actions to accelerate our transformation plan, allow Boots to continue its vital role as part of the UK health system, and ensure profitable long-term growth.
‘I am so very grateful to all our colleagues for their dedication during the last few challenging months.
‘They have stepped forward to support their communities, our customers and the NHS during this time, and I am extremely proud to be serving alongside them.”
‘We recognise that today’s proposals will be very difficult for the remarkable people who make up the heart of our business, and we will do everything in our power to provide the fullest support during this time.’
Although currently it is not known which specific stores are closing down, the company is expected to release a full list in the coming days.
Which Boots opticians are facing closure?
Similarly to the Boots stores, the company will release a full list of the Boots Opticians closing down in the coming days. It is thought that losses totting up to a 72 per cent decline in sales for Boots Opticians has led to 48 out of the 600 stores being closed for good.
The move to close the stores and opticians comes as this week Chancellor of the Exequatur, Rishi Sunak confirmed that he would not be able to “protect every single job” since the UK was facing a “severe recession”. However, last year the chain announced that they were already considering a shake-up of their UK operations with up to 200 stores facing closure.