Boots UK store closures – which branches are closing and why? – The Sun | The Sun

Boots UK store closures – which branches are closing and why? – The Sun | The Sun

BOOTS is one of the most popular health and beauty retailers on the high street, and shoppers will be keen to know if and when their local branch is closing.

The chain previously announced it would be pulling the shutters down on 300 shops over the next year, following a string of closures already in 2023.

The closures are part of wider plans that will see the retailer's total shops reduced from 2,200 to 1,900. Below we explain how many Boots stores will close and where.

How many stores is Boots closing and why?

Boots confirmed that three of its stores closed in spring 2023.

While its store in Holywell, Flintshire closed on August 26. The cosmetics and pharmacy chain said the closures were pre-planned.

It then closed another shop at the beginning of June. Recently Boots announced it will close 300 shops across the country over the next year.

Since then it exclusively revealed to The Sun the exact locations of eight stores that have been confirmed for closure.

A spokesperson for Boots said: "We can confirm that the stores listed are part of the Boots store consolidation programme previously announced. "

All team members from these stores will be offered alternative roles."

In August another two closures were revealed in Coventry and Prudhoe. Boots said it regularly reviews locations "to make sure they are where our customers need us most".

They said the decision to close stores was not taken lightly.

Where are the closures happening?

Here is the full list of stores closing by the end of the year:  

  • Windhill Road, Wakefield – October 6
  • Upper Warrengate, Wakefield – October 7
  • Glastonbury – October 13
  • Uppingham Road, Leicester – October 13
  • Guildford Road, Woking – end of October
  • Kings Square, York – October 28
  • Warminster – October 28
  • Gorleston, Great Yarmouth – November
  • High Row, Darlington – November 3
  • Mudge Way, Plymouth – November 18
  • Mount Pleasant, Exeter – November 18
  • Front Street, Prudhoe – no date

The stores that have already closed in 2023 are as follows:

  • Salford Shopping Centre, Greater Manchester – February 2023
  • Church Street, Malvern – March 11
  • The Port Arcades Shopping Centre, Ellesmere – March 11
  • King William Street, London – June 2
  • Heathside Road, Woking – end of July
  • UEA campus – end of July
  • Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff – August 1
  • Holywell, Flintshire (Wales) – August 26

Boots said in all cases there is an alternative store less than three miles away.

Affected team members have been offered opportunities in other stores in the local area. Boots closed more than 200 stores over an eighteen month period starting in 2019.

This saw roughly eight per cent of Boots high street branches close.

Many of the stores shut because they were loss-making and two-thirds of them were within walking distance of each other.

In 2020, Boots announced 48 opticians were closing with the loss of 4,000 job. Meanwhile, we have rounded-up the chains that are shutting up shop that could be near you.


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