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Health and pharmacy giant Boots has refused to confirm the future of one of its Gedling borough stores amid plans to shut shops across the UK.

The firm announced back in June that 300 of its stores around the country would close in the coming year.

Posts on social media claim that the pharmacy on Carlton Square will close in January 2024.

When asked to clarify the future of the store, Boots refused to confirm whether or not it is under threat – but they insisted no jobs would be lost as a result of any closures.

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A spokesperson told Gedling Eye: “We won’t be releasing the store list to ensure that we communicate to team members first, however, I wanted to reassure you that all team members in affected stores will be offered alternative roles.”

In June, the retailer said it would close 300 stores despite posting stronger sales over the latest quarter.

The move, which the company says will mostly affect stores in close proximity to other sites, will reduce its store estate from 2,200 to 1,900.

Boots say there are no proposed redundancies despite the plan, with plans to redeploy affected workers.

A Boots spokeswoman said: “Evolving the store estate in this way allows Boots to concentrate its team members where they are needed and focus investment more acutely in individual stores, with the ambition of consistently delivering an excellent and reliable service in a fresh and up-to-date environment.”

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Retail sales across Boots jumped by 13.4 per cent in the three months to the end of May, compared to the same period last year.

It was driven up by a boost in online shoppers with sales on its digital platform surging by a quarter over the latest period.

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