Shock as Woolworths says it will close 300 in-store butcher shops causing 500 workers to lose their jobs
- Woolworths to close majority of 300 in-store butchers by end of March
- The closures will see 489 jobs gone and 250in-store butcher shops shut
- Instead Woolies stores will only offer pre-packaged meat going forward
- Comes after in-store butcher accounts only 4 per cent of meat sales
Major supermarket chain Woolworths is shutting down the majority of its 300 in-store butchers leaving 489 workers without jobs.
About 250 of the shops will be closed by the end of March with 420 trade qualified butchers and 69 skilled non-trade workers to be left jobless.
It has been revealed shoppers are turning to pre-packaged meats, with sales in the in-store butchers accounting for only 4 per cent of meat sales.
Woolworths is offering redeployment to a different role within stores, or if workers are not interested in returning they are able to access free post-employment support.
‘We have over 1000 supermarkets and only 300 of them have in-store butcher shops’, a Woolworths spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We have found they’re just not supported by customer demand with only 10 per cent of customers choosing to use the serviced counters’.
‘There is a shift in demand towards pre-packaged options, whether that be because of convenience, can be stored for longer – it’s an ongoing trend.’
‘In 2021, Coles did something similar so this is an industry trend.’
‘We will be keeping 50 of the in-store butcher shops open due to customer demand in those areas so this decision was really made by looking at where customers are shopping and want they want.’
‘Unfortunately this means that 500 roles will be made redundant. All workers will be offered redeployment opportunities, and if they don’t want to be redeployed we are offering full redundancy packages.’
‘This includes 1-on-1 career support such as finding local jobs, sprucing up their CVs and access to free confidential counselling.’
‘This has been an unfortunate decision we have had to make but we are continuing to evolve based on what we see in customer demand.’