A MAJOR supermarket has confirmed that it will close two huge furniture stores.
Asda, which has more than 600 branches across the country, is closing two Asda Living stores this summer.
Its branch in Island Green Retail Park, Wrexham, will close on July 31.
The Asda Living shop in Eastgate Retail Park, Bristol, is also set to close this summer, but an exact date has not yet been confirmed.
A spokesperson for the supermarket giant said that stores had been “running at a loss for a number of years”.
They added: “Unfortunately, following a period of consultation, we have decided to close the stores.
“We recognise this will be a difficult time for colleagues at the store and we are in discussions with all of them to support them through this process, we will do all we can to find alternate roles in other local stores.”
Asda Living stores sell a range of furniture, electronics, toys, homeware, health and beauty.
There are currently 33 of these stores across the UK, including in Maidstone, Lincoln and Leeds.
It comes as Asda looks to open dozens more Express convenience stores this year.
The first branch opened in Sutton Coldfield in November followed by a site in Tottenham Hale, London.
Asda also bought 129 petrol forecourts and convenience stores from the Co-op.
It launched its first Express forecourt at a petrol station in Liverpool earlier this month.
In March, Asda announced that shoppers can now buy Claire’s accessories and jewellery products at more than 500 stores.
More store closures
Elsewhere on the high street, dozens of other chains are also looking to close stores.
Retailers been knocked by rising costs as inflation sends prices soaring and less demand among cash-strapped punters.
More companies in England and Wales went bankrupt in March than at any point over the last three years, according to the Insolvency Service.
Some retailers are shutting a handful of branches, while others are set to disappear completely from the high street.
Lidl, which has 950 sites, is closing or relocating three of its supermarkets over the next couple of months.
Its store on Drayton Road, Mile Cross, will closed in April and its shop on Sturry Road, Canterbury, will close on Sunday, May 28.
Lidl is also set to close its store in The Quadrant in Redditch town centre later this year after opening a replacement store.
But fans of the chain don’t need to worry, as Lidl bosses have revealed they looking to open hundreds of new locations.
Popular stationary shop Paperchase fell into administration in February after it failed to find a buyer.
Supermarket giant Tesco stepped up to buy the rights to the brand, but not its shops.
The company closed forever on April 3.
Home retailer Argos announced it will close all of its stores in the Republic of Ireland this year.
The chain employs around 580 people in 34 stores across the country.
The high street chain will withdraw from Ireland completely on June 24.
Here’s the full list of shops and chains disappearing from the high street this year.
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