High street chain Clarks has axed 170 jobs just weeks before Christmas amid further fears of store closures.
The redundancies come following changes to its business operations under a newly appointed chief executive.
A total of 80 job cuts have been made at its headquarters in Street - with affected workers told the news last Friday - just three weeks before Christmas.
A spokeswoman confirmed 170 staff members will be made redundant and 80 of these workers are based in Street.
Clarks has introduced changes to its business operations in order to support its brand strategy under the leadership of recently appointed CEO, Giorgio Presca.