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BREAKING NEWS: Risk of redundancies at Crawley’s Tesco Extra as company adapts in-house bakeries

1,816 bakery staff are being put at risk of redundancy across the country.

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Tesco has announced that they are making changes to their large in-store bakeries as a result of what they is a ‘shift in customer tastes and preferences’.

They say that from May changes to the bakeries will include:

  • Altering space and range to cater to changing customer demand, including the increase in alternatives to traditional loaves
  • Continue to offer scratch baking in 257 stores but make some changes to other bakeries. In 201 stores the most popular products will continue to be baked from scratch with other products moving to part-baked. And in 58 stores they are converting the bakery to full bake-off where all products are delivered pre-prepared, then baked and finished in store.
  • Improve the customer experience by investing and continuing to roll out new, up-to-date fixtures as well as growing our regional bakery ranges in partnership with small local suppliers.  

Tesco’s added:

“Due to some stores doing less scratch baking, as well as the simplified routines these changes will bring, we will unfortunately need fewer colleagues to work in these areas.

As a result, there are 1,816 bakery colleagues being put at risk of redundancy. At this difficult time, our priority will be to support those colleagues impacted, including finding an alternative role from the many thousands of vacancies we will have available across our store networks between now and May, for those who wish to stay with us.”

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI CEO, said:

“We need to adapt to changing customer demand and tastes for bakery products so that we continue to offer customers a market-leading bakery range in store. We know this will be very difficult for colleagues who are impacted, and our priority is to support them through this process. We hope that many will choose to stay with us in alternative roles.”

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Fear of job losses in Crawley as Chiquito looks to go into administration

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The owner of Chiquito restaurants has made the decision to file a ‘notice of intention to appoint an administrator’ as the chain faces huge losses over its closure during the coronavirus pandemic.

In explaining to their staff the decision, the owners said that since closing it was unlikley that the restaurant would have any income for 2 to 3 months or potentially longer if the current social distancing measures failed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

They added that the Group that owns the chain believed the severity of the impact of the coronavirus pandemix would result in ‘Chiquito Limited becoming loss making for the year end 27th December 2020’.

The filing of the notice does not mean the chain will be going into administration but that they were keeping open options of which one could be to appoint administrators.

The decision will worry staff members who are already in uncertain times over pay during the lockdown.

Staff have already been told that all employees would get paid as normal on Monday and the company was awaiting details of the Job Rentention Scheme before making any further decisions.

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