Thomas Cook to shut 8 stores in NI

Published Thursday, 07 March 2013
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Thomas Cook has announced it is closing eight of its 18 stores in Northern Ireland.

Thomas Cook to shut 8 stores in NI
There are 18 Thomas Cook stores across NI. (© Getty)

Six of those to close are Co-operative Travel shops. Overall, a total of 45 jobs will be lost.

The branches are at Newtownbreda, Coleraine, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Limavady, Strabane and Newry.

It comes as the travel company announces 195 store closures across the UK, after entering a 90-day consultation process to transform its operations over the next three years.

"As a large retailer we regularly review our network to make sure we have the right stores in the right places for our customers and regrettably there are occasions where we need to close certain branches," said Managing Director Joanna Wild.

"Following careful consideration, we have announced that eight stores are proposed to close in the Northern Ireland region and we are working with those colleagues who are affected.

"We'd like to thank both our colleagues and customers for the commitment and understanding during this process.

"Our high street stores are a popular way for customers to book with us and are an essential part of our multi-channel approach alongside our websites and sales centres."

Thomas Cook has 1,069 stores in the UK, making it the largest high street travel retailer.

The company recently shut 186 stores, and the latest cuts will bring the total number of outlets to 874.

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6 Comments
Michael in Belfast wrote (625 days ago):
It's terrible about the job losses, but since Thomas Cook merged with Co-op job losses and closures were Inevitable. People still like to book in Travel Agents though, that's why most of them are modernizing and cutting commission. People like to have someone to talk to in person.
Gary Doc in Donegal wrote (626 days ago):
High Street isn't the way to go anymore, the majority are online.. matter of time.
Limavady in Limavady wrote (626 days ago):
Yet more jobs gine in Limavady. Simething has to be done to encourage business set up / investment in the North West.
amanda semple in antrim wrote (627 days ago):
there is no Thomas cook in Antrim ?
loyal customer in bangor wrote (627 days ago):
Can it be made clear that some of the closures are co-op stores and not just Thomas Cook. Bangor for example.
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