A MAJOR supermarket is set to start closing stores within days.
Iceland is permanently shutting half a dozen branches, it confirmed to The Sun.
Some of the stores have different closing dates but it is not yet known if workers are at risk of redundancy.
Two of the shops are closing for good this Saturday (February 25).
These are the stores in Mill Lane, Bromsgrove and Chineham Shopping Centre in Basingstoke.
Below is a list of stores that are closing next month:
- White Rose Centre, Rhyl – March 14
- South Street, Newport, Isle of Wight – March 25
- St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol – March 25
- Deiniol Centre, Bangor – March 27
An Iceland spokesperson said: “We continually review our Iceland Foods and The Food Warehouse store portfolio to ensure we’re delivering the best experiences for our customers across the country.”
There are currently around 500 Iceland branches and 153 Food Warehouse stores in the UK.
It comes amid chaos on the British high street in recent months, with many big brands also closing shops.
High energy costs and a shift to shopping online after the pandemic is taking a tool on the high street.
Plus, household incomes have been squeeze by the cost of leaving crisis, meaning less people are looking to spend.
Last month, stationery chain Paperchase fell into administration with all 106 stores set to close.
Argos is shutting a handful of standalone stores on high streets with one closing its doors within weeks.
Marks and Spencer has confirmed the closure of more than half a dozen stores across the country.
Halfords has said that it will be closing, or has closed, three branches.
Boots is closing three stores in the UK this spring, including a branch in Manchester.
Homesense, owned by TKMaxx, is also shutting up shop in Manchester’s Arndale Shopping Centre.
House of Fraser is set to shut up shop in two more locations as it battles to keep a presence in the retail sector.
The fashion brand New Look shut five stores earlier this year, following H&M which shut four branches.
Iceland made number of moves last year to help customers cope with rising costs.
The retailer revealed its own “Value Essentials” range, that is available in its The Food Warehouse stores and online.
The range includes staples such as bread, milk, fruit and butter.
It also launched an interest-free loans scheme, providing small loans of up to £100 to customers as well as giving away £30 food vouchers to thousands of pensioners.
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