210 jobs under threat due to supermarket closures

An announcement by the retail group Louis Delhaize that it plans to close as 16 of its Match and Smatch supermarkets means that as many as 210  are under threat in the supermarkets earmarked for closure and at the retailer’s headquarters. Bosses at Louis Delhaize say that they will seek to avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible. 

Seven match and nine Smatch supermarkets are due to close with the loss of 146 jobs. A further 64 jobs will be lost at the retailers headquarters. A total of 2,500 people work for Match and Smatch.      

Seven of the Match stores due to close are in Flanders. These are in Ertevelde, Deinze, Zomergem, Waarschoot (all East Flanders), Ingelmunster, Koksijde (both West Flanders) and Merchtem (Flemish Brabant).

In Wallonia the Smatch stores in Jupille and Ougrée (Liège province) will close as with the Match supermarkets in Dinant, Moustier-sur-Sambre (both Namur province), Erquelinnes (Hainaut), Eupen, Spa (Liège province) Jodoigne and Nivelles (Walloon Brabant).