HALFORDS has earmarked 60 more of its stores and garages for permanent closure before the end of this as the coronavirus crisis continues to hit its sales.
The retailer had already decided to close some stores during 2020, but said it will speed up store closures as a result of the global pandemic.
In previous years, it has been reducing the number of shops it has by around six each year.
But it is now accelerating what it calls “right-sizing of the group” and is in discussion with landlords about 60 of its stores.
At the moment, Halfords has 446 stores, as well as 371 garages.
It has not yet made public which branches will be closing in the latest round of cuts, but staff are expected to be moved to other shops.
It has already shut 22 Cycle Republic shops and got rid of five Halfords stores and garages this year, bringing its total planned closures for the whole of 2020 to 87.
It is also trying to secure rent reductions with landlords for some other stores, it said.