Shock closure of the butcher shop at Woolworth’s store, 250 stores closed and 489 jobs gone

Shock as Woolworths says it will close 300 in-store butchers which will result in 500 workers losing their jobs

  • Woolworths is closing the majority of 300 in-store butchers by the end of March
  • The closure will eliminate 489 jobs and close 250 in-store butchers
  • Instead, Woolies stores will only offer packaged meat in the future
  • Comes after the butcher accounts for just 4 percent of in-store meat sales

Major supermarket chain Woolworths is closing the majority of its 300 in-store butchers, leaving 489 workers unemployed.

It has been found that shoppers are turning to pre-packaged meat, with in-store butcher sales accounting for just 4 percent of meat sales.

Around 250 of the shops will be closed by the end of March, 420 butchers and 69 skilled workers will become unemployed.

Woolworths offers transfer to a different role within the stores, or if workers are not interested in returning, they can access free post-employment assistance.

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Emma Colton

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