EIGHTEEN jobs are under threat with the closure of a Hartlepool store.
Tesco’s York Road ‘Express’ store is one of 43 outlets nationwide facing the axe, putting more than 2,000 jobs at risk.
The firm announced earlier this month that it was closing ‘unprofitable’ stores nationwide.
New chief executive Dave Lewis announced the closure plan as part of wider measures designed to revive the group’s fortunes in the wake of a disastrous 2014.
“In January I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores,” he said.
“The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and local communities.
“Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.
“We will continue to serve our customers through other local stores and our dotcom service.”
Other North East outlets to close are the Tesco superstore in Bedlington and Tesco Express in Whitley Bay.
Pauline Foulkes, national officer with shopworkers’ union Usdaw, said: “This is devastating news for over 2,000 dedicated staff in the 43 Tesco stores across the UK, who have worked hard to make their shop viable during a difficult time for the company.
“We will now enter into full and meaningful consultation meetings on this proposal, where we will look closely at the company’s business case for the closures.
“Our priority is to maximise employment within Tesco, seek redeployment opportunities for members, where possible, and to keep job losses to a minimum.”
Tesco also announced earlier this month that it was scrapping dozens of planned new stores, including one on the former East Durham College site in Essington Way, Peterlee, that was expected to create 400 new jobs.
Tesco store closures
Tesco Express stores:
Church Street Ballymena
Longbridge Road Barking
Raymouth Lane Worksop
South Tottenham High Road
York Road Hartlepool
Tesco Metro stores:
Wrexham Doods Lane