Deathwatch / Jobwatch - Makro closes three UK superstores
As a teenager, anybody whose mum had a Makro card was considered a god. It meant you could get stuff cheaper than in the shops visited by mere mortals. Toilet roll. Sweets. Booze. Sadly it seems those days of untouchable discount deities may be coming to an end; Makro have announced that three of its superstores in the Midlands and South Wales may shut.
Wales Online reports that stores in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Swansea have all been earmarked for potential closure by the company, which will affect nearly 400 jobs across the sites.
Makro UK, which is part of Metro Cash and Carry, makes an annual turnover of more than £1 billion and operates a network of 33 cash-and-carry superstores across the country. The first Makro store opened in 1968 in Amsterdam; the first UK store open in 1971.
A spokesperson for Makro stated the closures were due to “difficult trading times and a need to reduce costs”. That's right, a 24 can crate of Skol - was £12.99, now £8.99. Or how about a 1kg tub of white mice, was etc etc. Stick them in your list at Retail Deathwatch if you predict further trouble ahead.