EMPLOYEES of the Boots Pharmacy, in High Street, Wellington, are anxiously waiting to hear if their jobs are safe.

Boots is planning to close 300 pharmacies across the country, and has already named some locations, although Wellington was not on the latest list.

Wellington’s High Street store manager Fiona Hardwick said this week: “We have not been told anything.

“We will be told privately about the situation before it is made public.

“That is all I can say at the moment.”

Wellington has four pharmacies - two run by Boots in High Street and on the Wellington Medical Centre site, Superdrug, in Fore Street, and Lloyds, behind the Luson GP surgery.

Boots has a total of 2,200 pharmacies in the country and ‘team members’ already affected by the cuts have been told they will be offered alternative roles.

Wellington’s town centre Boots is next door to Mary Jenkins Farm Shop, which closed suddenly in April of this year.

The High Street greengrocers was taken over five years ago by Paul Shipp and his wife Kim, who said they had ploughed £100,000 into the business. The shop remains closed.

However, there has since been a healthy influx of new shops opening in the town, but the possibility that Boots could be closing would be a great disappointment.