STAFF at Tesco stores across South Tyneside face an uncertain few months after the supermarket giant announced plans to axe dozens of stores nationwide.
The firm is not yet disclosing the locations of the 43 stores to close but chief executive Dave Lewis revealed that “significant proportion” would be its Express convenience shops.
Tesco has two Express stores in South Tyneside, in Seawinnings Way and Prince Edward Road.
Employees will learn over coming months where the axe will fall, with full details set to be known by April.
“We have some very difficult changes to make,” said Mr Lewis.
“I am very conscious that the consequences of these changes are significant for all stakeholders in our business but we are facing the reality of the situation.
“Our recent performance gives us confidence that when we pull together and put the customer first we can deliver the right result.” Tesco staff at stores across the region also face an uncertain future, with the firm announcing it is to close 43 unprofitable stores nationwide.
Shopworkers’ union Usdaw union said it was a “worrying and difficult time” for members and that it had arranged meetings to begin discussions on Tesco’s plans.