Plymouth jobs at risk as Thomas Cook announce plans to close stores
JOBS in Plymouth have been placed at risk after travel agent Thomas Cook announced it plans to close nearly 200 of its high street stores.
Thomas Cook has branches across Devon, with three stores in Plymouth and an outlet at Sainsbury's Marsh Mills. The struggling company, which also owns Co-operative Travel, says it will close 76 branches of Thomas Cook and 119 Co-operative Travel, but declined to reveal which branches are facing the chop.
The move leaves staff in Plymouth with an uncertain future, with 16 per cent of the 15,500 UK and Ireland workforce to be laid off.
A company spokeswoman said she could not confirm which stores are set to close as staff were being informed throughout yesterday.
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The call centre, in Accrington, will also close under the proposals.
In total 2,500 of Thomas Cook's 15,500 employees will lose their jobs under the proposals. The company has 1,069 stores in the UK making it the largest high street travel retailer.
It said: "A number of these stores do not meet the performance targets of the business, and are in communities where Thomas Cook has more than one retail outlet. This consultation aims to address excess capacity."