Popular supermarket Iceland, which mainly sells frozen foods, has been hit by store closures in recent months.
Iceland has closed 13 sites already this year, with a further three stores closing this month.
Customers will be saying goodbye to one site today, with the Iceland at Llanelli, Wales shutting for good at 5pm on Saturday, September 2.
While shoppers may be disappointed by closures across the UK, the supermarket chain does regularly open new stores.
The executive chairman of Iceland Foods, Richard Walker, told Express.co.uk that “a small number of store closures happen every year,” and that can also be because some “shop leases expire”.
Iceland stores closing in September
Llanelli, Wales – closing on September 2
Grange Road, Birkenhead – closing on September 16
Market Shopping Centre, Crewe – closing on September 16
He added: “Across Iceland and The Food Warehouse we have a portfolio of over UK 1,000 stores, and our retail estate has grown by nearly 200 stores over the last 10 years.
“We typically open more than 20 new stores each year, creating many new jobs and contributing to the growth of local economies.
“At the same time, we continually review the retail experience offered to our customers and have always made a small number of store closures every year, as local shopping patterns change and shop leases expire.
“The business is currently trading very strongly, achieving record market shares.” Customers can find their closest Iceland and The Food Warehouse stores at https://www.iceland.co.uk/store-finder.
Iceland stores already closed
Mill Lane, Bromsgrove – closed on February 25
Chineham Shopping Centre in Basingstoke – closed on February 25
White Rose Centre, Rhyl – closed on March 14
South Street, Newport, Isle of Wight – closed on March 25
St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol – closed on March 25
Deiniol Centre, Bangor – closed on March 27
Newport, Wales – closed on April 22
Marygate, Berwick – closed on April 22
Hexham – closed on April 22
Flint, Wales – closed on May 27
Beccles, Suffolk – closed on June 17
St David’s Place, Swansea – closed on July 29
Cowden High Street, Fife – closed on August 12
But it’s not all bad news for Iceland shoppers, as a number of new sites are also expected to open.
Stores are expected to pop up in Slough and Aberdeen. Iceland opened The Food Warehouse in Kendal, Cumbria, earlier this year.
The Food Warehouse, which launched in 2014, is part of Iceland Foods and has 150 sites already.
The Food Warehouse provides bigger pack options so customers can stock up on their favourite goods, “offering customers and local businesses a simpler way to shop for great value and great quality products”.
Express.co.uk has contacted Iceland regarding the closures and how they will affect both employees and customers. Express.co.uk has also asked for a list of upcoming new stores.