Sainsbury’s to permanently close meat, fish & deli counters – is your store affected?

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Sainsbury’s is the latest retailer to face the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The supermarket is permanently closing its popular meat, fish and deli counters in attempt to save costs. Thousands of jobs will also be lost as well as the imminent closure of 120 Argos stores, which is part of a strategy to shut 420 stores over the next three years.

Simon Roberts, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “We are talking to colleagues today about where the changes we are announcing in Argos standalone stores and food counters impact their roles.

“We will work really hard to find alternative roles for as many of these colleagues as possible and expect to be able to offer alternative roles for the majority of impacted colleagues.

“Right here and now, I and all the team are focused on supporting and delivering for our customers in the days and weeks ahead.”

The grocer posted a pre-tax loss of £137million for the year to September 19.

The counter closures are part of efforts to “better reflect customer demand” which has mainly turned online.

The supermarket said the impact of the pandemic was expected to leave underlying profits flat for the year to March 2021 as it faced high costs for measures to protect its staff and customers.

They also saw a fall in non-food sales, as well as fuel.

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