Morrisons expansion will still go ahead

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Plans to expand Wetherby’s Morrisons supermarket will not alter after it was announced that up to 700 jobs could be at risk as a new technology is introduced at stores across the country.

The news comes after the Bradford-based chain announced a consultation had started to consider replacing manual cash counting with machines in the supermarket’s back office.

Approval to extend Morrisons on the Horsefair centre by 10,000 sq ft was given by Leeds City Council in November 2012.

The supermarket chain has now started a four-week consultation with 689 cash office managers and supervisors across its 490 stores.

In a statement, Morrisons said: “The introduction of new technology is an ongoing programme to ensure that Morrisons continues to improve its competitiveness.

“The new technology will simplify the operation and mean that cash can be automatically counted.”

The refurbished store will expand into the Horsefair Centre, affecting some shops.

A coach drop off point, new customer cafe and new store entrance will also be provided.