Rod Addy
More than 1,400 staff could lose their jobs following the takeover of Kwik Save, amid rumours of more job losses at Somerfield.
The purchase of Kwik Save from Somerfield by acquisition vehicle Back to The Future was confirmed on February 27 and the new owners guaranteed to safeguard the jobs of the 3,000 Kwik Save store workers who transferred across. But it is understood that 34 stores were sold to property investors and that it is highly unlikely staff at these stores will be retained. Shopworkers’ union Usdaw says each of these stores employs an average of 15 full-time workers.
In addition, the reorganisation of Kwik Save’s supply chain has raised doubts over the future of 420 Wincanton logistics workers at the chain’s former dedicated NDC in Wellingborough.
Plans for the NDC are unclear following the announcement that the new Kwik Save will use a depot at Sherburn-at-Elmet in North Yorkshire to fulfil its distribution needs.
Somerfield has already confirmed that at least 500 jobs could go at its Bristol HQ as a result of the Kwik Save deal.
A three-month consultation period began this week for all those whose jobs may be lost.
However, there are rumours that more job losses could be on the way