Travel company Tui has announced that it will be closing 166 of its stores in the UK – in a move that will put up to 900 jobs at risk.
The UK’s largest tour operator announced that it plans on retaining 630 workers in a mix of sales and home-working roles and in the remaining stores across the country. 350 stores will remain open.
Tui have blamed the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry – with many firms struggling to stay afloat due to restrictions and lack of interest from the general public in international travel.
The firm will not be releasing the list of stores at risk during the consultation period.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of Tui UK and Ireland said: “We want to be in the best position to provide excellent customer service, whether it’s in a High Street store, over the telephone or online, and will continue to put the customer at the heart of what we do. It is therefore imperative that we make these difficult cost decisions, look after our colleagues during such unprecedented uncertainty and also offer a modern customer service.”