The network began a consultation process with 3 Superdrug concession staff last week. It is expected to withdraw its concessions from 107 stores, leaving just 20 open. It did not confirm which locations would close and which would remain open.
Mobile News expects job cuts to number around 300. A 3 spokesman said redundancy packages would be negotiated and there could be opportunities to redeploy staff to roles within 3.
A 3 spokesman said: “When 3 started as a business, we relied on third parties to grow customer numbers, but now we have built our own store group and we have a massive store expansion program. We have enough reach through our own stores now.
“We are not retreating from high street retail – it’s quite the opposite. We will continue our store expansion and expect to hit 300 stores by the end of the year.”