The UK’s largest supermarket chain have announced a wide ranging overhaul of their stores putting 2,100 jobs at risk.
Tesco will close hot delis, remaining counters along with a number of in-store pharmacies and will reduce the amount of team managers in large stores.
Tesco will also introduce around 1,800 new shift leader positions in stores and those who will be affected by the closure of counters will be offered alternative roles.
Tesco said in a statement, “We have seen a significant decrease in demand for our counters over the last few years, and our customers no longer say they are a significant reason for them to come in store and shop with us.”
Tesco UK and ROI chief executive officer, Jason Tarry, said, “These are difficult decisions to make, but they are necessary to ensure we remain focused on delivering value for our customers wherever we can, as well as ensuring our store offer reflects what our customers value the most.
“Our priority is to support those colleagues impacted and help find alternative roles within our business from the vacancies and newly created roles we have available.”
Daniel Adams, national officer of the Usdaw union, said, “Tesco has informed us that they are looking to undertake restructures across the business.
“Clearly there is no good time to receive news like this, but it is especially difficult in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis and will be devastating for those who may be affected.
“Usdaw will be entering into collective consultation with Tesco immediately to interrogate these proposals.
“We will be doing all we can to support members throughout the process with a view to protecting jobs and, where this is not possible, securing the best possible deal for those affected.”