Supermarket chain Kwik Save is to re-open 20 of the 79 stores it closed at the end of last month and has written to staff offering them their jobs back.
Hundreds of workers lost their jobs when the company announced on 29 May that it was closing about one-third of its stores to “secure the future of the business”.
Retail union Usdaw said it had been informed by Kwik Save on Friday that it intended to re-open 20 stores on Wednesday as it believed it was now economically viable.
Joanne McGuinness, national officer at Usdaw, said: “Kwik Save has written to our members who worked in those stores offering them their jobs back with no break of service.
“The offer to former Kwik Save staff is seeking volunteers to go back to their former jobs, and if any of our members decide to take up the offer we will fully support them, but if former Kwik Save staff decide not to return they will still be entitled to their full redundancy payments, which is due on 21 June,” McGuinness said.