Booths restructure will cost 100 jobs

Upmarket retail chain Booths is to undergo a management restructure which will see the loss of as many as 100 jobs.

BoothsThe company operates 31 stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire and employs around 3,000 people.

However, it has announced the closure of two stores, in Ansdell and Marton, and impending job losses in a bid to increase efficiency and customer service.

The job losses will be a result of heads of department and assistant manager roles replaced by three management positions with increased accountability and responsibility.

At the same time, Booths is opening new stores in new areas. Store openings in Barrowford and Hale Barns are said to have created around 400 new full and part time positions.

Paul Minett, retail director at Booths, told the Lancashire Evening Post: “Booths is entering a very exciting phase of development and the new stores are at the cutting edge both in terms of design and artisan food offer and quality.

“To support this, that means a simplified and more accountable management structure, trading from an estate of profitable, vibrant stores. The difficult and tough decisions that we make now will ensure that Booths continues to have a bright and profitable future for generations to come.” Booths says it hopes some staff losing their jobs as a result of store closures may be relocated, although for others thecompany is entering into a two-month consultation process.