The closing of the four supermarkets is putting more than 400 jobs at risk. And the decision was made after a review of the performance of its 494 stores according to the Bradford-based grocer .

Recent industry data showed Morrisons to be the worst-performing member of the big four supermarket chains in the three months to 11 August. With sales down 2.7%. The Kantar data revealed customers were putting fewer items in their baskets when shopping there .

“We will now be going through a consultation process at the stores and discussing how to reduce redundancies and where possible redeploy colleagues.” said a Morrisons spokesperson.

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