Tesco closing all its discount branches and 317 meat, fish and deli counters

Tesco has announced it will close meat, fish and deli counters in 317 of its stores and close down discount supermarket chain Jack’s.

The company said it would close counters in stores with the “lowest demand” in light of changing customer habits.

The move is expected to affect hundreds of workers, although the retailer did not disclose the total number of employees affected.

It added that it will close seven of its 13 Jack’s discount stores, impacting 130 jobs at its locations and at headquarters.

The six remaining outlets will become Tesco stores.

Jason Tarry, Chief Executive of Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland said: “Our Jack’s brand will continue to be sold through Booker and our icon brands, bringing great value and quality to even more customers.

“We would like to thank Jack’s colleagues for everything they have done and taught us.

“Our priority is to find positions across our broader organization for any colleagues who wish to stay with us.”

The Jack’s brand was launched in 2018 by former CEO Dave Lewis to cope with the rapid growth of German discounter rivals Aldi and Lidl.

Tesco said it has “learned a tremendous amount” from the company, which was named after founder Jack Cohen, to help him understand the discount operating model, which has far fewer lines than its traditional stores.

However, it was now said that “it is time to focus on continuing to deliver great value in our core business”.

It added that his experience with Jack’s has helped Tesco’s core business become more competitive as the supermarket chain has reported strong sales and gained market share from rivals since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020.

In 2019, Tesco also undertook a major restructuring process that affected around 9,000 workers and included the closure of counters in 90 stores.

The company said it will now have just 279 stores with meat, fish and deli counters after “decreasing” the number of customers using them regularly in its store portfolio.

It said it would “repurpose” counters at the 317 stores affected by its latest counter-closure plans. Colleagues impacted by this move will be offered alternative roles, she added.

The seven Jack’s stores to be closed are located in:

– torso

– St Helens

– Walton

– Bromwich Castle

– Mittelwich

– Barnsley

– Liverpool North

The locations where Jack’s outlets are becoming major Tesco stores:

– Chatteris

– Immingham

– Edge Hill

– Ruby red

– Sheffield

— Wakefield

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