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Boots to close 48 opticians and cut 4,000 jobs

The future of the Boots Opticians in Haverhill, its staff and workers at the town's Boots store are now under threat after the retailer announced what it described as a 'transformation plan'.

The impact of covid-19 has, said the company, severely impacted comparable retail sales, which decreased 48 per cent for Boots UK and 72 per cent for Boots Opticians in the third quarter (versus last year).

Restrictions are beginning to lift, added the retailer, but with an uncertain economic outlook, it is anticipated that the high street will take considerable time to recover.

Boots has had a store in Haverhill for 80 years
Boots has had a store in Haverhill for 80 years

A statement from Boots said: "Boots has announced today the start of a consultation process for a significant restructuring across its head office, store teams and Opticians teams, resulting in a reduction of its headcount of more than 4,000 (7 per cent of the workforce), and the closure of 48 Boots Opticians stores."

Boots hasstore and a separate opticians in Haverhill High Street.

Sebastian James, Managing Director, 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.

48 Boots Opticians are to be closed
48 Boots Opticians are to be closed

"In doing this, we are building a stronger and more modern Boots for our customers, patients and colleagues.

"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.

"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.”

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