William Hill shops to close
William Hill are to close 20 of their high street stores. The bookmaking giants have yet to decide which shops will be ones to shut down, but it has been confirmed that they will be all be in Ireland, with Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Wexford and Tralee the affected areas. Up to 85 people could therefore lose their jobs in the new year, following the completion of a company deliberation process. Staff will be offered jobs elsewhere within the firm where possible, but there is no guarantee that all of those affected will be re-assigned roles.
"The shops selected for closure have not been trading profitably for some time, in spite of efforts made by William Hill to return these shops to profitability. There are no implications for the wider William Hill estate in Ireland or Britain, although the profitability of individual shops is kept under constant review,” said a company statement.