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Tesco announces plans to close Jack’s discount stores – full list of locations

Tesco said it was making a few changes to ensure they ‘stay focused and competitive in a rapidly changing market’. This comes after Jack’s discount stores launched in 2018 and is now set to close. Some of the premises will be converted into Tesco Extra hypermarkets instead.

The first Jack’s store opened four years ago to celebrate Tesco’s centenary and founder, Jack Cohen.

The chain, which initially opened two stores in Chatteris in Cambridgeshire and Immingham in Lincolnshire, promised to be “the cheapest in town”.

Initially, large expansion plans were drawn up, with 10 to 15 stores expected to open within the first six months of launch.

In the end, Tesco only opened 13 Jack’s stores.

In a statement, Tesco said it opened Jack’s to “gain knowledge by running stores with a low-cost operating model”.

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“We have learned a great deal from Jack’s, and with that experience now absorbed by Tesco, the time has come to focus on continuing to create value in our core business.

“Tesco, we will no longer operate stores under the Jack’s brand.

“Of the 13 Jack’s stores, we will convert six into Tesco hypermarkets, with the remaining seven Jack’s stores due to close in the coming months.”

This means around 130 jobs will be cut at closed stores and at the retailer’s head office.

But Tesco said it would try to find alternative roles for affected staff.

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Jack’s employees in stores being converted to hypermarkets will automatically be offered new store roles, while Tesco said it will also recruit additional staff for the new stores.

Tesco insisted that the Jack’s business had helped it ‘become more competitive, more efficient and enhanced the value we deliver to customers’.

To add to this, he claims to have won new customers from competitors and “their perception of the value they can find at Tesco has increased significantly”.

Jason Tarry, Managing Director of Tesco UK and Ireland, said: “We have learned a lot from Jack’s and it has helped Tesco to become more competitive, more efficient and to strengthen our value proposition, particularly through the launch of Aldi PriceMatch.

Jack’s employees in stores being converted to hypermarkets will automatically be offered new store roles, while Tesco said it will also recruit additional staff for the new stores.

Tesco insisted that the Jack’s business had helped it ‘become more competitive, more efficient and enhanced the value we deliver to customers’.

To add to this, he claims to have won new customers from competitors and “their perception of the value they can find at Tesco has increased significantly”.

Jason Tarry, Managing Director of Tesco UK and Ireland, said: “We have learned a lot from Jack’s and it has helped Tesco to become more competitive, more efficient and to strengthen our value proposition, particularly through the launch of Aldi PriceMatch.

It comes after Tesco said it was closing meat, fish and hot deli counters in 317 stores where there was least demand.

Employees working on the counters will be offered alternate roles.

In January, Tesco was revealed as one of the winners of the latest Christmas trade battle, according to analysis by data firm Kantar, boosting its market share to almost 28% over the festive period.