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Boots to close 220 in-store photo labs

Boots has confirmed that it is planning to close 220 of its 320 in-store photo labs across the UK, putting 400 jobs at risk.

The pharmacy and beauty retailer made the decision amid a decline in traditional photo printing, as digital photography continues to disrupt the market.

Affected staff were notified of the proposals on Wednesday and will take part in a consultation process that will stretch into August.

Boots is aiming to shut all of the 220 labs over the next five months.

The company did not disclose which locations would be affected.

Boots said in a statement: "Over the past few years, customers’ expectations of photo services have continued to change as they print fewer pictures but want to create more personalised photo gifts and items such as personalised photobooks, canvases and cards.

"As a result of these changing behaviours, Boots UK is adapting how it delivers photo services in store."

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