Closure threat at Thomas Cook shop in Spalding

Staff at the Spalding branch of travel giant Thomas Cook are waiting to hear if the store is on a proposed list of closures.

Thomas Cook announced yesterday (Thursday) that it is looking to reduce the number of staff by 2,500 across the country and has started a 90-day consultation on plans to close 195 high street stores.

A spokesman refused to reveal the stores on the list for closure as she said the firm is working to notify its employees.

The plans are part of the travel agents’ three-year programme to transform its operations.

Chief executive officer of Thomas Cook UK and Ireland Peter Fankhauser said: “It is never easy to make decisions that impact directly on our people, but we also owe it to our customers to operate efficiently and ensure that when they book their holiday with us our administrative costs are as low as possible.”

In August, Thomas Cook merged with Co-op Travel, but branches in our area are not at risk.

These are at Beales Department Store in Spalding, Abbey Road in Bourne and The Precinct in Market Deeping.

Anglia Co-operative has been quick to act to stem speculation surrounding its 15 branches. Group

specialist retail manager Paul Dale said: “The announcement of potential closures and job losses with

Thomas Cook Group travel branches does not affect in any way those trading as Co-operative Travel and

owned by Anglia Co-operative.

“Wednesday’s news was very unfortunate, but we want to assure all of our customers that it’s business

as usual for us and their holidays are in safe hands.”