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

677 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 July 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Supermarket chain Waitrose has announced plans to close seven of its stores. The decision puts 677 jobs at risk. Three of the stores (Bromley in London, Oadby in Leicestershire and Wollaton in Nottinghamshire) have been sold to competitor Lidl though it is understood that Lidl will bring in its own staff. The other sites (Sandhurst in Berkshire, Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and a convenience store near Heathrow) are expected to close in the Autumn of 2019. The statutory period of consultation is reported to be underway. This restructuring is the second by Waitrose in 2019; earlier in the year it announced the closure of five stores.



Eurofound (2019), Waitrose, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 98241, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98241.