Thomas Cook names North Kirklees store closures

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Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel firm, has said which stores in North Kirklees it plans to shut.

The firm, which also runs the Co-operative Travel, announced 195 proposed store closures with the loss of 2,500 jobs on Wednesday.

Today (Thursday) a spokesman confirmed that the company is planning to close its Co-operative Travel stores in Heckmondwike and Birkenshaw, with the loss of four jobs in each store.

The Thomas Cook store in Batley will also close, with the loss of seven jobs.

But the Thomas Cook branch in Dewsbury and Co-operative Travel in Mirfield, will stay open.

The closures were announced the start of a 90 day consultation on the proposals.

Thomas Cook also has offices in Birkenshaw, but said administrative and managerial job cuts would be at its Preston, Peterborough and Accrington bases.

Joanna Wild, managing director of the Thomas Cook’s retail network said: “As a large retailer we regularly review our network to make sure we have the right stores in the right places for our customers and regrettably there are occasions where we need to close certain branches.

“Following careful consideration, we have announced that two Co-op stores are proposed to close and we are working with those colleagues who are affected.

“We’d like to thank both our colleagues and customers for the commitment and understanding during this process.

“Our high street stores are a popular way for customers to book with us and are an essential part of our multi-channel approach alongside our websites and sales centres.”