Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Wales; East Wales; Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Location of affected unit(s)
Barry, Blaby, Ashbourne, Teignmouth, Torquay
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

440 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 March 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Waitrose supermarket has announced plans to close five of its stores which will result in 440 job losses. The stores are located in Barry, Blaby, Ashbourne, Teignmouth and Torquay. It is being reported that four of the sites (with the exception of Ashbourne) are due to close in June 2019 when new owners will take over the premises. The plans are now subject to a formal consultation during which Waitrose has said it will explore possibilities for affected staff to remain with the company. A spokesperson for Waitrose expressed sadness at the closures, but stressed that the company was unable to continue operating sites which are not profitable.



Eurofound (2019), Waitrose, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 97424, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/97424.