Jobs under threat as Castleford Thomas Cook store to close

High street travel agent Thomas Cook has announced that its Carlton Street store in Castleford will close putting six jobs at risk.

The company announced yesterday (Wednesday) that 195 stores will close across the UK with the loss of 2,500 jobs nationwide.

Thomas Cook has entered a 90-day consultation period with employees as part of a three-year programme to “transform” its operations.

The company confirmed today that the store on Carlton Street, which employs six staff is proposed to close.

Joanna Wild, managing director of the Thomas Cook Co-operative retail network, said: “As a large retailer we regularly review our network to make sure we have the right stores in the right places for our customers and regrettably there are occasions where we need to close certain branches. “Following careful consideration, we have announced that the Castleford Co-op store is proposed to close and we are working with those colleagues who are affected.

“We’d like to thank both our colleagues and customers for the commitment and understanding during this process.”

Staff at bed company Dreams on Baileygate Industrial Estate, in Pontefract, could also lose their jobs after the rescue deal to save the bust business includes closing 90 stores.

Buyer Sun European will purchase 170 high street shops and take on 1,600 staff, with the remaining 500 employees looking at redundancy.

The news is yet another blow to the battered high street which has seen companies such as Peacocks, Comet, Clinton Cards and Blockbuster suffer under the strain of the recession.