Jobs to be axed at Asda

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JOBS are to axed at the borough’s Asda stores after the giant company announced a management purge.

Nationally a massive 1,360 posts will go during the restructure and the supermarket chain admits that “every store will be affected.”

In Wigan, as well as the flagship town centre store – one of the biggest in Europe when it opened – there are stores in Marus Bridge, Hindley, Golborne, Atherton and two outlets in Leigh.

The move comes two months after the chain, which is owned by US-based Walmart and runs 578 UK stores, warned that 4,100 roles were at risk because of a need to reduce the number of back office administration jobs in favour of more customer-facing roles.

The retailer says the move will create more flexible store management structures to satisfy the “constantly evolving shopping habits of supermarket customers”.

Asda was formerly equal second in the supermarket size ranking, alongside Sainsbury’s, but has been losing ground following the rise of the discount outlets such as Aldi and Lidl.

Asda chief executive Andy Clarke said: “Every supermarket must adapt to the intense changes in UK retailing or they will get left behind.”