Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

680 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 January 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Morrisons supermarkets has announced further store closures which will result in the loss of 680 jobs. The decision to close the stores comes despite the chain recording a surprise rise in sales over the Christmas period. Morrisons closed a number of stores in 2015 and sold off its unprofitable smaller convenience shops.  Seven unprofitable medium sized stores have been earmarked for closure and consultations over redundancies have begun.  The stores which are understood to be loss making are: Westgate, Bradford, West Yorkshire; Wigan, Greater Manchester; Boston, Lincolnshire; Stowmarket, Suffolk; Braintree, Essex; Tunbridge Wells, Kent; and Hounslow, west London.  It is not known exactly when the stores will close, but it is being reported that the closures will take place in the next few months. 


  • 12 January 2016: The Guardian
  • 15 January 2016: The Mirror


Eurofound (2016), Morrisons, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 86209, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86209.