WITH its annoucement earlier in the year that it planned to close hundreds of its stores, the future of Boots outlets across Teignbridge was uncertain, but it can be confirmed the Gestridge Road store is to close.

The store, which is one of two in the area, the other located at Kingsteignton Retail Park, is to close in February of next year.

Boots announced in June it would close some 300 of its branches throughout the UK over the coming 12 months: the move is a part of the pharmacy chain’s plans to consolidate the business.

Stores in close proximity to one another will be shut: Gestridge Road and Kingsteignton Retail Park, for example, are no more than two kilometres apart, hence the closure.

It is understood team members effected by the closure will be offered alternate roles within the business - no redundancies are planned.

So what have you been saying?

‘What with out of town parking and home delivery what do you expect? It’s the future’ said one resident.

‘Gutted they’re closing. The Boots by Next will never be able to cope!’ said another.

‘We have always found Boots Gestridge Road pharmacy to be excellent’ said another.