Oddbins is to axe a third of its stores in the latest bid by the embattled off-licence chain to address its faltering performance.

Thirty-nine stores from a total of 128 face closure under the plan announced yesterday.

Around 200 jobs are likely to go as a result of the store closures.

“The decision is part of a complete strategic review to ensure the business can move forward on a solid footing,” the company said in a statement.

The move comes as part of a strategy review being overseen by restructuring specialists Spectrum Corporate Finance and accountancy giant Deloitte.

Oddbins called in the trouble-shooters last week to review “strategic options” for the company. Further details of the turnaround plan are expected to be made public later in the week.

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