Houghton Regis Tesco store at risk of closure

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The Tesco store in Houghton Regis is under threat of closure in a statement issued by the supermarket giant.

Tesco announced earlier this year that 43 stores would be closed as it seeks to turn the troubled supermarket group around.

This week 2,000 staff, including those at the Houghton Regis Express on Bedford Square, have been told their jobs are at risk.

Condemningin the move, USDAW Union leader Pauline Foulkes said: “This is devastating news for over 2,000 dedicated staff in the 43 Tesco stores across the UK, who have worked hard to make their shop viable during a difficult time for the company.

“We will now enter into full and meaningful consultation meetings on this proposal, where we will look closely at the company’s business case for the closures. Our priority is to maximise employment within Tesco, seek redeployment opportunities for members, where possible, and to keep job losses to a minimum.

“We will support, advise and represent our members throughout this difficult period of uncertainty.”

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said: “The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and local communities. Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.”

We will continue to serve our customers through other local stores and our dotcom service.”