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Jobs could be under threat at an Arnold supermarket. 

The Asda store on Front Street was named by Retail Gazette as one of 18 ‘under performing’ stores where staff were being put into consultation by the supermarket giant.

A poor financial year has prompted Asda to look at making hundreds of redundancies or dramatically reduce the working hours of thousands of staff across the UK.

The UK’s third-biggest grocery retailer has now commenced a three-week consultation period with 3257 employees with regards to the future of their jobs.

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The 18 under-performing stores listed, which includes the Arnold supermarket, were targeted after being identified as being overstaffed when compared to sales performances.

Once the consultations are completed, the eventual number of job losses is expected to be in the hundreds.

Workers union GMB told Retail Gazette it had been contacted by Asda staff who were “fearing for their jobs” after store managers were given new business plans that includes major reductions in working hours.

A spokesman for Asda said: “We are currently in discussions with a number of our stores about changes that are needed to the number of hours required to run that store for our customers,

“It is common practice for a supermarket to need to make changes to hours based on the changing shopping habits of customers.

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“We understand that any conversations about change are unsettling but it is always our upmost priority to find alternative roles or working patterns for impacted colleagues.”

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