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Three more major Crawley stores with potential job losses due to COVID-19

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As more and more businesses become affected by the loss of earnings due to lockdown another three high street store with sites in Crawley have now warned of potential job losses.

This morning WH Smith announced it would cut up to 1,500 jobs due to a lack of customers.

According to reports their revenues had dropped a huge 57% compared to the same period last year and could expect to make a loss of up to £75m.

Owner of Currys PC World Dixons Carphone is also planning to cut 800 jobs in a restructure to change how its stores are managed.

The firm says it it consulting with some of their staff about removing these management roles which in turn should make it easier for customers to shop in store.

Pizza Express is also looking at potentially closing 67 of its UK restaurants which would mean a loss of 1,100 jobs although they have not said which sites are at risk.

All three of the chains have a presence in Crawley and comes only days after DW Sports announced it was also closing down.

With a speculated 57% of the Crawley work force potentially affected by the fall out of COVID-19 this would be yet another blow to the town as the high street begins to lose more and more of the stores customers have known for years.

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BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store

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It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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