West Norfolk job fears as chains reveal closure plans

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Workers at West Norfolk branches of two major employers are facing an uncertain future after closure plans were announced.

Today, Thursday, January 8, Tesco announced plans to close 43 of its stores which was described as being “unprofitable”.

The chain has stores on Lynn’s Hardwick industrial estate and St Faith’s Drive in Gaywood, plus branches in Downham, Hunstanton, 
Fakenham and Swaffham.

A spokesman said he was unable to give details of which stores were affected or when any announcements would be made, although it has emerged that a store due to open soon in Chatteris is now being scrapped.

National media reports have suggested that the closures are most likely to affect smaller, local convenience stores, run under the Tesco Express banner.

Meanwhile, bosses at dry cleaning firm Johnsons, which has premises in both Lynn and Downham, have announced plans to close 109 of their branches.

No details of the affected premises have yet been released and a spokesman said it may be up to two weeks before a further announcement is made.

The chain has piloted outlets in more car-friendly sites, such as supermarkets and petrol stations, which bosses claim better reflect customers’ habits.