Concern for King’s Lynn workers after B&Q store closure plan announced

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The future of workers at Lynn’s B&Q store is unclear today after bosses announced plans to close dozens of stores across the country.

The move was revealed as the chain’s parent company, Kingfisher, announced a 7.5 per cent fall in its profits to £675 million.

Although six of the sites earmarked for closure have been announced, no further details have been released.

And a B&Q spokesman yesterday said there were no plans for a further announcement in the foreseeable future.

However, managers have said that most of the staff affected by any closures are likely to be transferred to the builders’ supply chain Screwfix, which Kingfisher also owns.

Around 60 stores are expected to close under the plan, which Kingfisher says equates to around 15 per cent of its total space.

The stores which are already to be affected are in Birmingham, Southampton Mansfield, Hyde, Barnsley and Dundee.