'What is happening' cry Boots shoppers as stores to start closing in an hour | The Sun

TWO more Boots stores are set to close for the final time over the next couple of days and shoppers are devastated.

Wakefield is losing two of its branches this weekend as one shuts for the final time in an hour and another on Saturday.

Its Windhill Road store will close for the final time today followed by the Upper Warrengate branch tomorrow.

The pharmacy chain is closing 300 stores as part of a giant consolidation of its UK portfolio.

Eight shops have already shut their doors for good this year, including in Malvern, Manchester and London.

A number of others are set to close for good this month too – including Glastonbury and York.

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The full list of locations where Boots is shutting stores in October is:

  • Windhill Road, Wakefield – October 6
  • Upper Warrengate, Wakefield – October 7
  • Glastonbury – October 13
  • Uppingham Road, Leicester – October 13
  • Kings Square, York – October 28
  • Warminster – October 28
  • Guildford Road, Woking – end of October

Residents have reacted to the closures with devastation and dismay.

One shopper said: "Not another one of our wonderful stores. What is happening? So sad."

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Meanwhile, a second said: "Why close Boots so shocking."

A third added: "No not another one. There (will) be nothing left.

"Why are we letting this happen."

Meanwhile a fourth said: "I'm shocked about Boots," adding: "I'd be lost without it."

In its quarterly results, Boots said consolidating its estate would allow it to "concentrate its team members where they are needed and focus investment more acutely in individual stores".

The retailer previously said it is closing stores where there is an alternative shop less than three miles away.

It's not just Boots closing stores in the UK. A number of other pharmacies have been shutting sites too.

Lloyds shut all of its concessions within Sainsbury's stores earlier this year.

In January, Asda announced a proposal to close seven of its 254 in-store pharmacies due to what it said was low customer usage.

Meanwhile, hundreds of local chemists are closing branches due to rising costs too.

And retailers in general are struggling to keep stores open across the country.

The high street has taken a hit in recent years as shoppers increasingly turn to online retail and away from physical stores.

That, combined with high inflation squeezing consumers' pockets and rising energy and wage costs, has led to a number of retailer's shutting branches.

Some have gone bust completely too, including Paperchase, Cath Kidston and M&Co.

It's not all bad news though as some retailers have been expanding.

Poundland, Primark and B&M have all announced store openings.

A number of bakery chains are set to open branches too, including Dunkin' Donuts and Wenzel's the Bakers.

How to save money at Boots

You can save some extra cash at Boots with a number of tips and tricks, including shopping on a Tuesday to get up to 80% off.

Try checking out the clearance section on the retailer's website too, where you'll find toothpaste and hand wash on the cheap.

You can sometimes find clearance sections in physical branches as well, but this varies from store-to-store.

If you've got a Boots Advantage card, you'll be able to pick up loyalty points on the purchases to put towards future shops too.

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Plus, Boots regularly runs offers on its electrical goods which are worth snapping up.

It can see you get up to 70% off Oral B toothbrushes, 50% on hair dryers and often Fit Bits at a discount.

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