Up to 3,000 jobs at risk as Tesco cuts down opening hours at 69 stores

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Thousands of jobs are at risk in Tesco as the supermarket cuts down opening hours.

Up to 3,000 employees in 69 stores across the UK will be affected by the changes, announced today by the FTSE-listed supermarket.

Restocking hours will be moved from night to day in the stores affected, with 24-hour opening ending at eight locations.

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Tesco will also merge separate service desks into one place within stores.

Affected employees were notified of the changes before the announcement, with a consultation process in the following weeks to assess their options.

The changes are set to be completed by late summer, with the supermarket expected to try to find other roles for most employees.

Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis has already established a track record of cutting jobs since he was brought in to turn around the supermarket after a 2014 accounting scandal led to shares plummeting.

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Tesco UK chief executive Matt Davies said: "We're committed to improving the way we serve our customers and this week have discussed making further changes in a number of UK stores with our colleagues.

"These changes will help us run these stores more simply and deliver the best possible service for customers. We appreciate these changes will impact the roles of some of our colleagues and we will work with them to ensure they are fully supported throughout this period.”

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