Asda staff face axe in shake-up

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Jobs are set to be axed at the borough’s Asda store after the supermarket giant announced a management purge.

Nationally, 1,360 posts will go during the restructure and the supermarket chain admits every store will be affected, including the flagship town centre store, on King Street.

The move comes two months after the chain, which is owned by US-based Walmart and runs 578 UK stores, warned that 4,100 roles were at risk because of a need to reduce the number of back office administration jobs in favour of more customer-facing roles.

The retailer says the move will create more flexible store management structures to satisfy the “constantly evolving shopping habits of supermarket customers”.

Asda chief executive Andy Clarke said: “This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make. Whilst I genuinely believe that it is the right decision for the future of Asda, knowing that it will result in valued colleagues leaving us is not easy.

“Every supermarket must adapt to the intense changes in UK retailing or they will get left behind.”