Jobs face the axe at travel agent’s shops

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THOMAS Cook stores across the area could be at risk of closure after the holiday firm announced plans to close 195 high street travel agencies.

Around 2,500 jobs are to be axed across the UK.

There are stores in Fareham, Stubbington, Gosport, Commercial Road, Palmerston Road, North End, Cosham, Havant and Waterlooville.

Thomas Cook said the moves were being made as part of a restructuring and to slash administration costs.

It will confirm which stores are due to be closed later this week.

The firm is also planning to shut its Accrington office in the North West in a move impacting around 100 roles.

Administrative and managerial jobs are also at risk across its head office in Peterborough and its Preston site.

Thomas Cook also has offices in Egham in Surrey, Brighton, and Birkenshaw in West Yorkshire.

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