Getir has shuttered a raft of dark stores over the past week, including all of its shops in Wales and South West England.
The quick delivery firm, which Charged revealed had made mass redundancies last month, has also shut stores in Birmingham and London without warning in recent days, sparking concerns that the business might be on the brink of collapse.
One source told Charged that the entire team of the Birmingham store was called in unexpectedly and were laid off on-site and forced to leave the premises immediately.
The source said: “My store had 15 staff, [they are] all now gone.”
The ordeal was described as “a frantic smash and grab job repossession”.
It is not clear whether the stores, which Getir uses to fulfill the grocery orders made online, were owned by the company or run by franchisees. As of November 2022, three-quarters of Getir’s 100 UK-based dark stores are run by franchisees.
Staff at the Birmingham store had not been consulted about the risk of redundancy and the source said they were writing to their local MP as Getir was not responding to questions.
The news follows a round of mass layoffs made across Getir last month, which was described as a “redundancy massacre”. Staff were dismissed on a daily basis via one-to-one meetings, with up to 300 jobs set to be axed.
In December, Getir acquired rival firm Gorillas in a £1bn deal amid a period of turmoil in the rapid food delivery sector as demand has dipped post-pandemic.
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This has led to downsizing and consolidation in the market, where many rival startups had been focused on driving sales rather than profitability to gain market leadership position.
Another source at Getir said that more job cuts and store closures were expected.
“The latest job cuts will be even harder as they are brutally targeting front line staff, who are surviving in the current economic climate with living costs,” he said.
Amid the turmoil, workers expressed concerns that the firm might be on the brink of collapse.
“We think Getir is going into administration. No one is even reachable at head office,” one source told Charged.
Getir has declined to comment.