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Is Grantham's Boots store under threat?




Boots are tight-lipped after reports came out suggesting that more than 200 of its stores could close in the next two years.

The high street chain has a store on Grantham's High Street and a pharmacy on St Peter's Hill.

National reports quoting sources inside the firm's US owner, Walgreens Boots Alliance, suggested some stores were currently under review - the 200 figure equates to about 10 percent of its footprint - but that no decisions had yet been made.

Boots (11319300)
Boots (11319300)

It follows news last week that M&S plans to close 110, including 25 food outlets - placing a question mark over the future of the Simply Food in London Road, Grantham.

A spokeswoman for Boots UK, said: “We currently do not have a major programme envisaged, but as you'd expect we always review under-performing stores and seek out opportunities for consolidation

"As is natural with a business of our size, we have stores opening, closing and relocating on a regular basis, but we have had around 2,500 stores open for several years now.

"In fact we’re investing in our stores – last year, we completed a huge merchandising project to update our self-selection cosmetics areas in 2,200 of our stores.

"We have recently announced the planned opening of a new flagship store in Covent Garden, London and the reinvention of our beauty business in 24 stores across the UK.

"We are being realistic about the future and that we will need to be agile to adapt to the changing landscape.”



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