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A number of jobs could be lost at Tesco Ryde amid reports that the UK supermarket giant is looking to close or adapt its deli, meat and fish counters, as well as it’s in-store bakery.

The Mail on Sunday says that 15,000 jobs are to be axed across the country as Tesco look to save £1.5billion by 2020.

Money will be saved by either closing the deli, meat and fish counters altogether or reducing their opening hours dramatically. This puts a number of skilled jobs at risk including butchers and fish mongers.

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It’s also suggested that fresh dough will no longer be used by the in-store bakery, instead pre-frozen items will be shipped in. Other supermarkets such as Southern Co-Operatives already do this on the Island.

Tesco Ryde is an ‘Extra’ store and therefore one of the biggest in the country and no doubt one of the 700+ stores to be affected. A typical Extra store has 5 fish mongers, 5 butchers and 6 deli workers.

Potentially unknown to shoppers, Tesco Ryde has a staff canteen serving up hot food and drink. Under the restructuring plans Tesco is set to scrap these canteens, replacing them with vending machines. Further jobs could be lost here.

Staff are expected to be informed of any job losses in the coming days when redundancy negotiations will then begin.

A spokesperson for Tesco has said:

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“We’re always looking at ways to run our business more simply and efficiently. Whenever we make changes in our business, colleagues are always the first to know.”

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