Pharmacy giant Boots, owned by US giant Walgreens, announced at the beginning of the year its plans to reduce the number of sites from 2,200 to 1,900. Closing 300 stores in 2023 will help “consolidate the business”, the retailer explained.
A total of six Boots sites will permanently close their doors before Christmas, and two of them will be shutting down next week, on October 28.
The company is consolidating “a number of stores in close proximity to each other” in the UK, and confirmed that affected Boots workers have been offered “alternative roles”.
The decision will allow Boots to “focus investment more acutely in individual stores with the ambition of consistently delivering an excellent and reliable service in a fresh and up to date environment”.
At least 6,000 stores have closed down in the UK in the last five years according to the British Retail Consortium as a result of “crippling business rates, a wave of administrations during the pandemic, and hesitancy around new openings,” the Retailgazette reported.
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Boots stores closing next week:
- Kings Square, York – October 28
- Warminster – October 28
Boots stores closing before Christmas:
- Gorleston, Great Yarmouth – November
- High Row, Darlington – November 3
- Mudge Way, Plymouth – November 18
- Mount Pleasant, Exeter – November 18
Boots sites already closed this year:
- Uppingham Road, Leicester – October 13
- Glastonbury – October 13
- Salford Shopping Centre, Greater Manchester
- Church Street, Malvern
- The Port Arcades Shopping Centre, Ellesmere
- King William Street, London
- Heathside Road, Woking
- UEA campus
- Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff
- Holywell, Flintshire (Wales)
- Front Street, Prudhoe
- Jardine Crescent, Coventry
- Guilford Road, Woking
- Windhill Road, Wakefield
- Upper Warrengate, Wakefield
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