Tesco to axe 2,000 jobs as hot delis and pharmacies closed

Management roles affected by changes at supermarket giant.

Tesco: Supermarket stores to be overhauled and managers axed, leaving 2,000 jobs at risk iStock

More than 2,000 jobs at Tesco are under threat after a wide-ranging overhaul of its stores was announced.

The supermarket giant said it would shut counters, hot delis and a number of in-store pharmacies.

The number of lead and team managers will be reduced in large shops as part of the changes, which will affect around 1,750 workers.

The retailer said the move will also introduce around 1,800 new shift leader roles in stores, leading operational duties on the shop floor.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI chief executive officer, 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.”

Remaining counters and hot delis will close from February 26, with all affected workers offered alternative roles.

A total of 350 workers will be impacted by a series of localised changes, such as the closure of eight pharmacies and reduced hours at some in-store post offices.

Mr Tarry added: “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.”

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