The holiday company will close up branches across the UK
TRAVEL firm Thomas Cook is set to close more than 20 branches, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.
Just under 220 sales consultant roles will go and a further 102 staff roles will be axed as Thomas Cook announced plans to 21 of its shops.
Thomas Cook will close branches all over the country
Cook employs 3,800 staff across its branches in the UK. Bosses blamed the closures on the growth in online bookings.
Cook said 64 per cent of its bookings were made online last year – up 30 per cnet.
Staff in Shipley, West Yorkshire, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Peterlee, County Durham, will all go as leases expire. Branches that are making a loss will also go.
Thomas Cook has closed 200 shops in the last two years, leaving 566.
The travel industry has been hit by a weak pound and a hot summer.
Company boss Will Waggott said: “Looking ahead, we will be working to ensure that Thomas Cook is fit for the future, while giving customers more reasons to holiday with the strongest brand in travel.”
Earlier this year, the holiday company put its airline business up for sale.
Where will shops close?
Gosforth, Newcastle Upon TyneWest Bromwich Sandwell Centre, West MidlandsLlandudno, North WalesSunderland Sainsburys, Tyne & WearNorth Shields, Tyne & WearPeterlee, County DurhamAccrington, LancashireMarket Harborough 23 St Marys Place, LeicestershireBury Haymarket, LancashireStratford-upon-Avon, WarwickshireAberdeen Langstane, AberdeenChesham, BuckinghamshireLaunceston, CornwallStevenage, HertfordshireShipley, West YorkshireCumbernauld, North LanarkshireGuildford, SurreyGlenrothes 52 Unicorn Way, FifeColchester High St, EssexKingston upon Thames, SurreyKirkintilloch Cowgate, Glasgow
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