Morrisons announces plans to axe one of most popular ways to shop in 50 UK stores – Manchester Evening News

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced plans to axe one of its most popular shopping services.

The grocer wants to get rid of home delivery in 50 of its UK stores.

Around 1,400 employees are affected, who will either be moved into other roles at the supermarket or offered voluntary redundancy.

The 50 stores are located across the country.

The supermarket is making the change because it had to scale up its home delivery service during the pandemic, when many shoppers were not able to visit physical stores.

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A Morrisons spokesperson told the Mirror : “At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we rapidly grew our store home delivery service to serve the many customers who moved from shopping in store to online.

“As we enter this next phase of the pandemic and with many restrictions now eased, we must now adapt and make some changes to the size of our online operation to meet our customer demands.”

The supermarket wants to shut its home delivery option in selected stores from October.

But the Morrisons spokesperson said its overall ability to deliver to customer’s homes would be unaffected.

The spokesperson added: “All colleagues affected by these proposed changes will be given the opportunity to either move into an alternative role within our business or apply for voluntary redundancy.

“As part of this consultation process we will be offering all hourly paid colleagues within affected stores the opportunity to also apply for voluntary redundancy.

“We are consulting closely with Usdaw on all proposed changes.”

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