Continuing woes for the High Street: 200 Boots stores at risk of closure

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As High Streets continue to face the threat of online shopping, it has been announced more than 200 Boots stores across the UK are now at risk of closure.

According to reports, the retailer’s America owners Walgreens Boots Alliance are looking to close a number of stores in a bid to cut costs.

Although a full list of potential closures has not yet been released, it is believed the shops which will close are in areas where Boots has more than one store.

It is believed a review, which will look at ‘underperforming stores and opportunities for consolidation’, will now take place over the next 12-18 months.

Currently, Lincoln has four stores in Lincoln, with one at St Marks Shopping Centre, a newly opened store on Lincoln High Street, one at the Carlton Centre and another at Birchwood Health Centre.

Overall, the company has 2,485 stores in the UK, and employs around 56,000 staff, however it is unknown at the time of writing how many jobs would be affected by the 200 closures.

A spokesperson for Boots said: “We are being realistic about the future and that we will need to be agile to adapt to the changing landscape.”