Up to 450 jobs at risk at high street chain

Johnsons cleans out third of branches

Johnsons, the dry cleaners, is to close a third of its branches as it restructures the business around workplaces, in-store operations and online.

There have been claims that up to 450 jobs at 109 outlets could be at risk. However, the company also said it would be opening in 46 Waitrose stores to add to the 78 it already operates with the supermarket chain.

The company said its dry cleaning division had not maintained performance in 2014 and that 109 branches whose leases were up for review in the next two years were deemed to be no longer financially viable.

Consultations have begun with affected staff who are likely to be axed in the first half of the year.

“The remaining 198 better-performing premium branches are in more convenient locations with an infrastructure capable of receiving dry cleaning from various collection and delivery points,” the company said.

“We have also established collection and delivery points in office premises with a high concentration of staff, thereby increasing convenience to customers.  In addition, for higher value or bulky items, we will be launching a new online home collection and delivery service from mid 2015.”

Johnsons expects the cost of the restructure to be in the region of £6.5m and results for thee year, to be published in March, are expected to be slightly ahead of expectations.

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