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

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
16 March 2016
Foreseen end date
31 May 2016


Major supermarket chain, Asda has confirmed that it will reduce the workforce of its retail network by 500 jobs. Consultation with 5,000 staff employed in Asda’s stores commenced in January 2016 when the company announced a broad restructuring program called Project Renewal. While approximately 200 retail workers have been redeployed, 200 staff have already taken redundancy. A further 300 workers will be compulsory made redundant. At the same time, Asda reduced the size of its head office located in Leeds (see related factsheet). Along with other major UK retailers, Asda has faced competition from the foreign owned retail discounters Aldi and Lidl since they both heavily expanded into the UK retail market.


  • 16 March 2016: The Guardian


Eurofound (2016), Asda, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 86823, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86823.