Sainsbury's cafes in Falmouth, Helston and Penzance are on the list of those likely to close in the supermarket chain's new shake-up.

The company says the remaining 67 in-store cafes, including Truro, will stay open while the company reviews changes to its dining operations.

Both the Falmouth and Helston cafes are popular with local shoppers with the cafe in Helston being used by Kerrier Male Voice Choir for rehearsals.

The Sainsbury branded cafes are likely to be replaced by other established providers such as Starbucks.


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As reported in the Packet yesterday, Sainsbury’s is to shut 200 in-store cafes in a shake up to stores across the UK that will put around 2,000 jobs at risk.

The supermarket will also be consulting staff about plans to close less popular hot food counters in 34 stores and changes to how it runs bakeries in 54 branches.

The staff affected are understood to be included in the wider 2,000 figure.

It is the latest in a raft of recent restructuring moves by the retailer as it seeks to keep a lid on rising costs.

Sainsbury’s told staff at its cafes on Tuesday morning that it is proposing to close 200 sites in the spring.

It said workers affected by the closures will be prioritised for vacant roles in stores and will be encouraged to apply for jobs elsewhere in the business.

Its decision to close the cafes is a part of a wider move to transform its dining, takeaway and home delivery food and drink offer from stores.

The company said it will also open 30 Starbucks sites in its supermarkets, as it seeks to overhaul its offer across 250 stores over the next three years.