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Report says Lichfield’s Millets store will close

milletsThe Lichfield branch of Millets is set to close, according to reports.

The outdoor wear chain’s owner Blacks Leisure announced recently that it was considering store closures across the country.

And the Express & Star has today reported that 89 branches of Millets are set to close across the country – including the Lichfield store.

In a statement on their website, Blacks Leisure Group PLC said:

“The company is announcing two further steps in its restructuring plan. First, it has begun the closure and employee consultation process on 89 loss making stores whose performance has been a considerable drag on the core outdoor business which has traded successfully over the last two years. The vast majority of the stores to be closed have not traded profitably for many years.

“Second, the company will now enter into a period of consultation with employees at its Northampton head office regarding the reduction of approximately 50 roles, representing about 20% of the total head office workforce. 

“Whilst it is highly regrettable that the company is having to take these steps, both actions will ultimately strengthen the business and help ensure that a successful and profitable outdoor retailer emerges from the current restructuring process.”

Other stores set to close in the region, according to the report, are at Merry Hill, Wolverhampton and Telford.

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