A BUDGET retailer has announced plans to shut a Glasgow store with another at threat of closure. 

Semichem bosses will pull the shutters down on their Victoria Road branch, in the South Side, as part of a major overhaul across the UK prompted by the challenges of Covid-19. 

The firm's Castlemilk outlet could also be shut with its future to be decided during a review, which will be carried out in the coming months. 

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Karen Scott, head of Semichem, said: “The high street was already struggling to adapt to the pace of change in shopping habits, including out-of-town developments and the rise of internet shopping.

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“That change has undoubtedly been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sadly, we have reached the point where it is no longer viable to keep some of our stores open.

“We are grateful for both Scotmid and subsequent government support, which has undoubtedly prolonged the life of many stores." 

Semichem's Airdrie branch, in North Lanarkshire, could also be closed, according to the review, while the Springburn store appears to be safe. 

A total of 140 staff have now entered a formal consultation process. Management at Scotmid - who own the brand - are exploring opportunities to redeploy as many as possible within its wider business.

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Ms Scott added: “Our priority now is to support affected colleagues at this difficult time. We are already looking for redeployment opportunities within the Scotmid group and will help all our staff both personally and professionally.

“The remaining stores in our Semichem portfolio are trading satisfactorily given the current circumstances. Like many other retailers, we are hopeful that, as restrictions ease, footfall will return to our high streets. I am also pleased to say that our investment programme will resume in the summer.”

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