Job fears as national store chain continues to tighten their belt


Fears are being expressed over jobs at one of Moray’s largest stores with staff called to a crunch meeting this morning.

Last month Tesco closed 43 stores around the UK as part of the new chief executive Dave Lewis’s effort to revive the troubled business.

The retail giant announced that 18 express outlets and 12 inner-city Metro shops would go along with seven superstores and six of its non-food ventures, including Homeplus.

In addition the company abandoned plans to turn 49 sites into planned retail stores.

Scottish stores announced in the closure plans included the superstore in Kirkcaldy and the Grangemouth Metro store along with the Edinburgh branch of Homeplus.

While insideMoray understands there are no plans to close the Elgin store a number of staff are in fear for their jobs with a meeting set to take place this morning. A member of staff who did not wish to be named said: “We think it is about where to cut costs and save money at the store.

“It is thought that team leader jobs and head of department posts are expected to be lost, while some members of staff do fear that they may be out of work altogether.”

Staff who normally do not start their shifts until 1pm have been asked to attend the 11.30am meeting if possible.

There was nobody available for comment from Tesco when insideMoray attempted to contact them last night.

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