Morrisons announce 2,600 jobs cull six months after opening West Watford store

Morrisons in Ascot Road, West Watford.

Morrisons in Ascot Road, West Watford.

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

New jobs at a West Watford Morrisons could be under threat after the supermarket chain announced plans to axe 2,600 roles.

The company said it is aiming to overhaul its management structure just six months after opening a new superstore in Ascot Road.

The store created around 300 new jobs when it opened in December.

Watford Observer:

The first shoppers entering Morrisons when it opened in December.

Today’s announcement comes after the company suffered a more than 7 per cent slump in quarterly sales earlier this month.

In response Morrisons is looking to slim down its management and cut prices to compete with other budget supermarkets.

The main positions at risk are managers and supervisors.

Dalton Philips, Morrisons chief executive, said: "This is the right time to modernise the way our stores are managed."

"These changes will improve our focus on customers and lead to simpler, smarter ways of working," he said.

Morrisons said it was too early to say how the job losses would affect individual stores.

 

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3:24pm Tue 17 Jun 14

TRT says...

Do I hold out much hope for the 1,500 jobs on the health campus?
Do I hold out much hope for the 1,500 jobs on the health campus? TRT
  • Score: 6

4:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Andrew Turpie says...

Completely worrying if a major company cannot take the hit of a 3 month seven percent fall!

Why on earth would you keep expanding a business if you never had a decent sized buffer of finance to see you through a small period of uncertainty?
That just builds the hopes up of those freshly employed to be soon chucked on the dust cart again.

Maybe we should look to start supporting the more ethical independent traders again, even if it does cost just a slight bit more.
Completely worrying if a major company cannot take the hit of a 3 month seven percent fall! Why on earth would you keep expanding a business if you never had a decent sized buffer of finance to see you through a small period of uncertainty? That just builds the hopes up of those freshly employed to be soon chucked on the dust cart again. Maybe we should look to start supporting the more ethical independent traders again, even if it does cost just a slight bit more. Andrew Turpie
  • Score: 8

9:23pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

It is a rubbish supermarket, it would have been better if Aldi or Asda had opened up on this site. Two supermarkets that know what they are doing. Even the former owner Sir Ken Morrison said it was a complete shambles.
It is a rubbish supermarket, it would have been better if Aldi or Asda had opened up on this site. Two supermarkets that know what they are doing. Even the former owner Sir Ken Morrison said it was a complete shambles. Andrew1963
  • Score: -5

10:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

pepsiman says...

Hope they go, I never liked Morrissey anyway
Hope they go, I never liked Morrissey anyway pepsiman
  • Score: -6

8:53am Wed 18 Jun 14

UkipTed says...

pepsiman wrote:
Hope they go, I never liked Morrissey anyway
Morrisons serves a purpose, it keeps the feckless and scroungers out of good quality shops like Waitrose and M&S.
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: Hope they go, I never liked Morrissey anyway[/p][/quote]Morrisons serves a purpose, it keeps the feckless and scroungers out of good quality shops like Waitrose and M&S. UkipTed
  • Score: -6

11:10am Wed 18 Jun 14

garston tony says...

I like how the WO wording seems to link the opening of the store in Watford to the companies problems and its cutting back on staff.

Comments a little over the top, they wont be shutting the Watford Store down so the majority of people there will still be in work. The ones that have to saddly worry are the managers and supervisors
I like how the WO wording seems to link the opening of the store in Watford to the companies problems and its cutting back on staff. Comments a little over the top, they wont be shutting the Watford Store down so the majority of people there will still be in work. The ones that have to saddly worry are the managers and supervisors garston tony
  • Score: -1

11:11am Wed 18 Jun 14

ORBY says...

Ken Morrison is appalled at the way Dalton Phillips runs his old company. The tragic thing is that Morrisons was a breath of fresh air when they began trading but when Ken Morrison let the younger generation take over it was a major mistake. My wife works at one of their branches and the managers do not know what they are doing or how to run a successful store. Dalton Phillips should stand down and let someone who knows the business take charge before it is too late.
Ken Morrison is appalled at the way Dalton Phillips runs his old company. The tragic thing is that Morrisons was a breath of fresh air when they began trading but when Ken Morrison let the younger generation take over it was a major mistake. My wife works at one of their branches and the managers do not know what they are doing or how to run a successful store. Dalton Phillips should stand down and let someone who knows the business take charge before it is too late. ORBY
  • Score: 4

11:37am Thu 19 Jun 14

Andrew Turpie says...

garston tony wrote:
I like how the WO wording seems to link the opening of the store in Watford to the companies problems and its cutting back on staff.

Comments a little over the top, they wont be shutting the Watford Store down so the majority of people there will still be in work. The ones that have to saddly worry are the managers and supervisors
If we look at the big picture Tony, the ones that will be losing their jobs in this situation across the UK are less likely to be reliant on top up benefits and make more contributions of tax and NI than those left in employment.

I may not have a degree in economics but this, multiplied by the many other multinational companies run in the same manner, can only spell disaster for the central economic pot. This is why we lack funding for new schools and hospitals and year upon year, budgets are slashed further.

Hence, me banging on our supporting locals rather than big business, cash will flow from the bottom up to the treasury, rather than most of it siphoned off to tax havens on the way "down".
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: I like how the WO wording seems to link the opening of the store in Watford to the companies problems and its cutting back on staff. Comments a little over the top, they wont be shutting the Watford Store down so the majority of people there will still be in work. The ones that have to saddly worry are the managers and supervisors[/p][/quote]If we look at the big picture Tony, the ones that will be losing their jobs in this situation across the UK are less likely to be reliant on top up benefits and make more contributions of tax and NI than those left in employment. I may not have a degree in economics but this, multiplied by the many other multinational companies run in the same manner, can only spell disaster for the central economic pot. This is why we lack funding for new schools and hospitals and year upon year, budgets are slashed further. Hence, me banging on our supporting locals rather than big business, cash will flow from the bottom up to the treasury, rather than most of it siphoned off to tax havens on the way "down". Andrew Turpie
  • Score: 0

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