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Tesco has launched a consultation process to try to find new jobs for 450 staff affected by “the difficult decision” to axe its remaining six Homeplus stores.

The stores in Bristol; Bracknell, Berkshire; Nottingham, Denton, east Manchester – the first to open in October 2005 – Bromborough, on Merseyside and Preston, Lancashire, will close on 27 June, the supermarket group confirmed this morning.

A spokesman said: “A consultation process is going on. We need to better understand the type of roles preferred: the hours and locations colleagues are looking for. We will talk to them individually over coming weeks.

“Our priority is now to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.”

The decision to shut the non- food stores comes after six other Homeplus outlets closed in January this year in Bristol Cribbs; Chelmsford, Essex; Chester, Cheshire; Edinburgh, Southampton; Hampshire and Staines, Middlesex.