Boots have announced on Thursday that they are to cut more than 4,000 jobs as part of plan to mitigate the “significant impact” of the pandemic.
The restructuring of the high street pharmacy will see 48 optician stores close after sales fell by 48% in the last three months.
The move will affect some 7% of Boots workforce and staff at the Nottingham support office will be mainly affected.
The optician’s division saw sales plummet by 72% compared to the same quarter in 2019, due to the lockdown.
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.”