Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.75 - Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 March 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


High Street chemist Boots has announced that it plans to close around two-thirds of its in-store photo processing labs putting 400 jobs at risk. According to a company statement, the decision to close 220 of the 320 labs is a response to changing customer demand and competition from online services. A consultation has already started with affected employees and it is being reported that this is expected to conclude by the summer. Boots has confirmed that it intends to look at options for redeployment of staff, but it expects that redundancies will be necessary. 


  • 1 March 2017: The Independent


Eurofound (2017), Boots, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90469, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90469.