Operator to consolidate T-Mobile and Orange stores in 31 towns across the UK into combined Everything Everywhere store format
Everything Everywhere is planning to close 31 T-Mobile and Orange stores in towns across the UK and replace them with combined Everything Everywhere stores.
The closures will lead to the loss of 27 store manager roles and one assistant manager role.
Everything Everywhere said it also plans to cut 67 retail head office roles as part of a restructure of its back office retail operation.
However, the operator said the restructure will create another 50 back office roles, and those affected by the redundancies would be encouraged to apply for the new positions.
An Everything Everywhere spokesperson said: “This week, we have proposed to staff that we will be consolidating a small number of our Orange and T-Mobile stores in locations where it makes sense to do so.
“These proposals would see the consolidation of Orange and T-Mobile sites into single Everything Everywhere stores in 31 towns.
“These proposals would have an impact on store manager roles within these stores, but not frontline sales staff.
“We will be looking to redeploy any individuals affected by these changes wherever possible.
“We have also announced proposed organisational changes for our HQ retail department to deliver a new phase in retail which will focus on accelerating the company’s objectives of delivering the best network and service.
“As a result of the proposed new structure, regrettably, 67 retail head office roles are impacted.
“As part of the restructure we are also creating more than 50 new roles and we are hopeful that some of the individuals at risk will re-apply within the business.”
The proposed job cuts will be subject to a 90-day consultation.
Union Prospect expressed “dismay” at the cuts and said that it was “disappointed” that voluntary redundancies were not considered.
Prospect organising project leader Ben Bellamy said: “While these job cuts are due to company strategy post merger and not financial difficulties, they still leave highly skilled sales staff out of work during an extremely difficult time for Britain’s high streets.
“This will cause great uncertainty and worry for those members affected. We welcome the commitment from the employer to redeploy staff where possible and their encouragement for affected staff to move to non-retail roles, bringing their front line skills into back office roles.
“However, it may not be possible to do this for those working at remote locations who cannot get to an alternative office.”