Llanelli Thomas Cook staff await announcement over future of closure-threatened branch
STAFF at a Llanelli's Thomas Cook branch are set to find out today if the they have been saved from the axe as the holiday chain announces plans to close 195 stores.
More than 2,500 jobs are to be lost across the country as the company reduces its stores to 874.
A spokeswoman said staff were being made aware of any changes before the company could confirm which outlets would be closed.
Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland's CEO, added: "It is never easy to make decisions that impact directly on our people, but we also owe it to our customers to shape the business effectively and ensure that, when they book their holiday with us, our administrative costs are as low as possible. As we improve and develop our online capabilities, maintaining a strong presence on the High Street is an important part of our omni-channel strategy. Even after these changes we will still have one of the largest retail networks in UK travel.
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"It is essential that we operate with the right number of people as we move forward into the next era for our company, allowing us to meet the future needs of our customers more effectively.
"These proposals will mean a stronger Thomas Cook that continues to be a major employer in the UK dedicated to providing excellent holiday experiences to our 23 million customers.
"We are in consultation with our Unions and employee representative bodies to minimise the impact of these changes and I am speaking personally to all employees today to provide information and support through this period of consultation."