Tesco staff face a new year job search after news that a town centre store is to close.
Tesco Metro, in Sheep Street will shut for good on April 4, putting 56 staff jobs at risk.
The closure is just one in a slew of cuts made by the supermarket giant, which announced this week that it would close 43 stores putting 2,000 jobs in jeopardy.
Pauline Foulkes of USDAW, which represents the workers, said: “This is devastating news for the 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.”
Tesco CEO Dave Lewis 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.”