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Sainsbury’s confirms plans to shut cafes in Dundee and Kirkcaldy

Sainsbury's Cafes Dundee Kirkcaldy to close
Sainsbury's has announced it will close 200 cafes

Sainsbury’s has confirmed plans to shut all of its in-store cafes in Scotland this year – including those in Dundee and Kirkcaldy.

It has been confirmed 200 of the retailer’s cafes across the UK will close, with just 67 to survive.

The move comes as part of a “bold plan” the supermarket says will transform its eat-in, takeaway and home delivery food and drink offering.

About 30 of the cafes will be replaced by Starbucks.

But it has not been confirmed if the coffee giant will open a branch at the Kirkcaldy and Broughty Ferry stores.

2,000 jobs hit as Sainsbury’s shuts 200 cafes

The proposals are expected to affect 2,000 jobs across the UK, though no local figures have been made available.

Bosses at the retail giant say those affected will be given priority for vacancies elsewhere in the business.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s insists the supermarket chain is committed to serving its Scottish customers.

The cafe at Sainbury's in Dundee and Kirkcaldy will close
The cafe at Sainbury’s in Broughty Ferry will close.

She said: “We are proposing to close the cafes we have selected because they are less popular with our customers and we want to use this space to transform our eat-in, takeaway and home delivery food and drink offer for our customers in these stores.

“Some stores in Scotland are already set to receive a new offer as part of our roll-out this year and we’ll keep customers and colleagues updated on these plans.”

As well as Starbucks, the supermarket will also pair with the Boparan Restaurant Group, which operates restaurant brands like Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

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