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Kelso and Carlisle Co-op and Thomas Cook travel shops could close

Co-op travel shop Credit: PA

The Co-operative travel shop in Kelso could close as part a restructuring plan by holiday firm Thomas Cook.

The branch closure in Kelso would see a loss of four jobs.

The Co-operative travel shop on English Street and the Thomas Cook branch on Fisher Street, both in Carlisle, are also on the proposed list of closures, with a potential combined loss of 16 jobs.

Commenting on the proposed closure in the Borders town, the Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore MP, said:

"This is very sad news for the local community in Kelso, particularly for employees at the branch whose jobs are now at risk.

“I know that Co-operative Travel has been experiencing challenging trading conditions in recent years but I am urging them to ensure that the staff affected are given the support they need.

“A 90 day consultation exercise will be held on the plans and I am calling on Co-operative Travel to reconsider this decision and save the branch in Kelso which provides employment and holiday services for local people.”

Local Thomas Cook stores face uncertain future

Holiday firm Thomas Cook announced yesterday (6th March) that they were planning on cutting 2,500 jobs- as part of a restructuring plan.

They are also closing 195 high street stores.

There are currently 13 Thomas Cook stores across our region, and a statement is expected this morning on how many, if any, of these stores will be closing.

There are currently stores in:

  • Dumfries
  • Annan
  • Carlisle
  • Workington
  • Whitehaven
  • Stranraer
  • Galashiels
  • Penrith
  • Kendal