Anglia Co-operative has says it is business as usual for its travel and tourism branches in East Anglia in the wake of the Thomas Cook Group announcement of closures and job losses.

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Thomas Cook announced on Wednesday that 2,500 jobs and 195 branches could be lost in a re-shape of the business.

Anglia Co-operative has issued a statement this morning to act to stem speculation surrounding the future of its 15 branches, including its ones in King’s Lynn, Cromer, Diss, Thetford, Lowestoft, Beccles, Wisbech and March.

Paul Dale, group specialist retail manager with the Peterborough-based retail co-operative which is not part of the Thomas Cook group, said: “The announcement of potential closures and job losses with Thomas Cook Group travel branches does not affect in any way those trading as Co-operative Travel and owned by Anglia Co-operative.

“Wednesday’s news was very unfortunate, but we want to assure all of our customers that it’s business as usual for us and their holidays are in safe hands.”

The Anglia Co-operative owned travel branches in this region are at Beales Department store, Beccles; High Street, Cromer; Market Place, Diss; High Street, King’s Lynn; Beales Department Store, Lowestoft; Broad Street, March; King Street, Thetford and at

Beales Department Store, Wisbech.

The speculation had arisen as the separate Co-operative Travel is part of Thomas Cook.

Yesterday Thomas Cook said the move to close 195 branches and axe 16pc of its workforce were being made as paort of restructuring process and to slash administration costs.

The ailing firm has three stores in Norwich at St Stephens Street, London Street, and Brigg Street, as well as an outlet at the Tesco in Blue Boar Lane.

It also two stores in Great Yarmouth, one in King’s Lynn, Diss, Fakenham, and Lowestoft.

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