Morrisons to shut 132 McColls stores putting 1,300 jobs at risk

McColl's shop, owned by Morrisons
Morrisons bought McColl’s for £190m ($218m) earlier this year after it fell into administration. Photo: Press Association (PA)

As many as 1,300 jobs are at risk as Morrisons has announced plans to close 132 loss-making McColl’s stores across the UK.

The supermarket chain bought McColl’s for £190m ($218m) earlier this year after it fell into administration. However, it now plans to axe those “where there is no realistic prospect of achieving a breakeven position in the medium term”.

The Bradford-based grocer said it expects some McColl’s stores to return to profitability as part of its turnaround plans, and confirmed that all staff members at risk would be offered roles elsewhere in the company.

It now plans to convert all its remaining McColl's stores into Morrisons Daily shops in a bid to return to growth.

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Some 55 of the 132 closing outlets include Post Office counters and will therefore shut next year, following their busy Christmas period.

The move comes just days after competition regulators said that Morrisons could complete the takeover.

“We have a great deal of work to do but there’s no question that McColl’s is a business with strong potential,” Joseph Sutton, Morrisons’ convenience, online and wholesale director, said.

“I’m confident that the combination of McColl’s conveniently located stores and great colleagues, together with Morrisons scale, brand, systems and fresh food expertise, will lead to a transformation of the business.

“We very much regret the proposed closure of 132 loss-making stores but it is, very sadly, an important step towards the regeneration of the business.

“I am confident that McColl’s can, in the Morrisons family, once again become a growing, thriving and vibrant convenience business serving local communities across the UK.”

The full list of closing stores can be found below, with those marked with an asterisk being stores with Post Offices.

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Reading Broad Street - RG1 7QE

Banbury High Street - OX16 5JE

Dunfermline Kingsgate - KY12 7QA

Chelmsford High St - CM1 1BE

Bristol Cribbs Causeway - BS34 5GG

High Peak Market Street - SK23 7LP

Barking Faircross Parade - IG11 8UW

Warrington Market Gate - WA1 2LJ

Bridlington 47 West Street - YO15 3DZ

Gateshead 8 Fewster Square - NE10 8XQ

Billericay Grange Rd - CM11 2RB

Urmston 354 Flixton Road - M41 5GW

Wolverhampton Cannock Road - WV10 8PW

Colchester The Centre - CO4 3PX

Altrincham Hale - WA15 9SN

Calverton St Wilfreds Sq - NG14 6FP

Basingstoke North Tadley - RG26 4HD

Greenford The Broadway - UB6 9PT

Torquay The Strand - TQ1 2AA

Plymouth Exeter Street - PL4 0NG

Glenrothes 24 North Street - KY7 5NA

Dalkeith Jarnac Court - EH22 1HU

Hazlemere Holmer Green Road - HP15 7LG

Alford South Market Place - LN13 9EB

Louth Eastgate - LN11 9QE

Trowbridge Castle Place - BA14 8AL

Harrogate - HG2 0AG

Bath 6 Argyle Street - BA2 4BA

Sthelens - WA9 1PA

Dorchester South Street - DT1 1DF

Llanidloes Great Oak Street - SY18 6BW

Darlington Yarm Road - DL1 1XL

Thundersley Church Road - SS7 4EN

Newport Ringlands Centre - NP19 9GY

Southampton Woolston - SO19 9DY

Sheffield - S8 0EX

Stockport - SK5 6QU

Rotherham Broom Valley Rd - S60 2QU

Bath James Street West - BA1 2AG

Bootle Fernhill Road - L20 9HH

Leicester Blaby Western Dr - LE8 4FR

Brinsworth Whitehill Lane - S60 5JP

Stoke On Trent Trentham Rd - ST3 3DH

Canvey Island - SS8 9JB

Wellington 36 New Street - TF1 1NE

Ellesmere Port - CH65 6PN

Stockport - SK7 3PG

Bacup Gladstone Street - OL13 9JZ

Nottingham - NG8 2GB

Thornton Anchorsholme Lane - FY5 3QL

Weston Super Mare Locking - BS23 3LY

Bradford - BD6 3EU

Corsham - SN13 8NQ

Torquay - TQ1 1HN

East Ham - E6 3RL

Tranmere Old Chester Rd - CH42 3TD

Gt Yarmouth The Boulevard - NR30 2BG

Chapelhall - ML6 8SW

Bletchley Queensway - MK2 2DW

Doncaster 35 Cedar Avenue - S64 9RT

Oldham - OL8 3BE

Warrington Concorde Place - WA2 9NA

Birkenhead - CH41 8EN

Belgrade Plaza - CV1 4BF

Rochdale Albert Royds - OL16 2UE

Thorn King Edward Road - DN8 4DD

Skegness Trunch Lane - PE24 5TU

Nottingham - NG5 3AS

Gloucester Churchdown - GL3 2BX

Blackburn Openshaw Drive - BB1 8RH

Longton Anchor Rd - ST3 5EP

Warrington - WA5 2RX

Nottingham - NG6 9BU

Skegness Ingoldmells - PE25 1PG

Chester Dicksons Drive - CH2 2BT

Hull 104 Salthouse Road - HU8 9HB

Withernsea Queen Street - HU19 2DJ

Hatfield 12 High View - AL10 8HZ*

Flitwick Station Square - MK45 1DP*

Wrexham Ruabon New High St - LL14 6NL*

Billingham Neasham Avenue - TS23 3QZ*

Guildford Merrow Epsom Rd - GU1 2RE*

Sunderland Hylton Castle - SR5 3PZ*

Westbury High Street - BA13 3BW*

Keele University - ST5 5BG*

Newbury Monument Close - RG14 6QJ*

Chelmsford Moulsham Lodge - CM2 9LG*

Darlington Whitby Way - DL3 9UH*

Chester Elton Shopping Prct - CH2 4LU*

Birkenhead Noctorum - CH43 9SE*

Worsley Walkden Road - M28 7QH*

Tunbridge Wells High Brooms - TN4 9BN*

Cambridge Histon Road - CB4 3HL*

Corstophine St. Johns Road - EH12 7XD*

Eye Church Street - IP23 7BD*

Bourne End The Parade - SL8 5SB*

Birkenhead King Street - CH42 2AJ*

Dalgety Bay Regent Way - KY11 9YD*

Normanby 33 High Street - TS6 0NH*

Rawmarsh Kilnhurst Road - S62 5NE*

Fort William Glenloy Street - PH33 7DR*

Crewe Coleridge Way - CW1 5LE*

Louth North Somercotes - LN11 7PL*

Carlton Carlton Hill - NG4 1JE*

Caldicot Newport Road - NP26 4LY*

Ashington Meadowfield - NE63 9TR*

Walsall Wood High Street - WS9 9LR*

Hull Greenwood Avenue - HU6 9QA*

Ipswich Stoke Park Drive - IP2 9TH*

Kilwinning Main Street - KA13 6AA*

Doncaster Thorne Road - DN7 5BL*

Redcar Gurney Street - TS11 8EQ*

Helensburgh Churchill - G84 9HL*

Immingham 5 Kennedy Way - DN40 2AB*

Wingate Front Street - TS28 5AA*

Huntington Stafford Road - WS12 4NU*

Hamilton Cadzow Street - ML3 6EE*

Egremont Main Street - CA22 2AB*

Ware High Street - SG12 9BP*

Bristol Stockwood - BS14 8PG*

Plymstock 26 The Broadway - PL9 7AA*

Carmountside Abbots Road - ST2 8EA*

Great Horton Road Bradford - BD7 1AZ*

Bridge Of Allan Fountain Rd - FK9 4EX*

Bristol Stapleton - BS16 1HD*

Kirkby In Ashfield Walesby - NG17 7PF*

Bristol Bedminster North St - BS3 1JA*

Bristol Portishead - BS20 6AB*

Weston Super Mare Milton - BS22 8EF*

Reading Lower Earley - RG6 5HQ*

Wallasey - CH44 0EB*

Great Sutton Old Chester Rd - CH66 3PB*

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