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Tesco has named the 43 stores that it is closingReuters

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced the 43 stores that it will be closing across the UK.

Some 2,000 staff will lose their jobs as a result, and they are currently being informed of the British retailer's decision.

Eighteen Express stores and six Homeplus stores will close on 15 March, while a further 12 Metros and seven of its Superstores will be put out of business on 4 April.

The Superstore closures include Doncaster, Wrexham and Chatham.

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis announced earlier in the month that the firm would have to take serious measures in a bid to cut costs.

He said at the time: "We have some very difficult changes to make. I am very conscious that the consequences of these changes are significant for all stakeholders in our business but we are facing the reality of the situation.

"Our recent performance gives us confidence that when we pull together and put the customer first we can deliver the right results."

The stores that will be closed:

Bearwood - Express

Belvedere - Express

Church Street Ballymena - Express

Heaton Chapel - Express

Heybridge Essex - Express

Houghton Regis - Express

Liverpool Kensington - Express

Longbridge Road Barking - Express

Northfield Birmingham - Express

Raymouth Lane Worksop - Express

Sheffield Manor - Express

South Tottennham High Road - Express

Tredegar - Express

Troon - Express

Walsall Wood - Express

Wealdstone - Express

Whitley Bay - Express

York Road Hartlpool - Express

Bicester - Metro

Bootle - Metro

Caerphilly - Metro

Crossgates - Metro

Devizes - Metro

Grangemouth - Metro

Mexborough - Metro

Morecambe - Metro

Ormskirk - Metro

Runcorn - Metro

Smethwick - Metro

Woodseats - Metro

Bedlington - Superstore

Chatham - Superstore

Connswater - Superstore

Cregagh Road - Superstore

Doncaster - Superstore

Kirkcaldy - Superstore

Wrexham Dodds Lane - Superstore

Bristol Cribbs - Homeplus

Chelmsford - Homeplus

Chester - Homeplus

Edinburgh - Homeplus

Southampton - Homeplus

Staines - Homeplus