The Co-operative Group has confirmed it will close Somerfield’s headquarters as part of its takeover deal, in a move that will affect 750 jobs.
The group said it would relocate “as many as possible” of Somerfield’s Bristol employees to a merged head office in Manchester. It could not rule out redundancies, it said, but stressed that it was too early to tell whether all affected employees would keep their jobs.
A Co-op spokesman said: “Somerfield has some great people and during the integration process we will endeavour to offer relocation opportunities to as many of them as possible.”
The Co-op, which is taking over 650 stores, will run the Somerfield business separately for up to two years.