Boots closing 48 stores across the UK with 4,000 jobs cut

About seven percent of staff will be cut in the restructure, Boots announced today. It comes as John Lewis also announced the closure of eight stores with more than 1,000 jobs also being cut at the company. 

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Boots is closing 48 Boots Opticians stores. The majority of job losses will come from the restructure its head office and store teams.

Sebastian James, managing director of Boots UK, said: “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.

“In doing this, we are building a stronger and more modern Boots for our customers, patients and colleagues.

“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.”

The news comes a John Lewis is closing eight more stores across the UK.

The large department stores are closing in Birmingham and Watford, four At Home shops in Croydon, Newbury, Swindon and Tamworth, as well as two travel hub outlets at Heathrow and St Pancras.

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