Tesco is to close the doors of its supermarket in Glengormley with the possible loss of 58 jobs, it was been confirmed.
The store, at Carnmoney Road, is expected to close in August but a spokesman for the supermarket giant said every effort would be made to redeploy the workforce – both full and part-time – in other branches.
A source denied the move was the start of systemic closures, stating it was "very specific to the area and that the Glengormely store just wasn't doing as well as it did in previous years".
The closure follows last week's confirmation that the Tesco – top of the Big Four UK supermarkets – was beginning to lose the mammoth share of the market it once held.
It is understood that competition from German discount chains Lidl and Aldi was making its mark on Tesco, as well as pressure from Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons.
A spokesman for Tesco said the decision to shut up shop in Glengormley was not easy.
"Closing the store was a difficult decision and our priority is to look after our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative jobs with Tesco.
"We'll continue to serve customers in Glengormley from our Extra store close-by in Northcott, our Superstore in Newtownabbey, our local Express stores and through our online grocery shopping service."