THE impact of Covid-19 has forced Travis Perkins in Alcester to close permanently, leading to dozens of job losses.
The branch, previously based at Arden Forest Industrial Estate, was one of 165 branches recently earmarked for closure due to Covid-19.
The group said it expected a UK recession to harm the demand for building materials this year and in 2021.
Around 2,500 people are expected to lose their jobs nationwide, or eight per cent of its workforce.
Travis Perkins has been using the furlough scheme but CEO Nick Roberts admitted it has not helped to retain all jobs.
He said: “The pandemic has created significant challenges and I have been hugely encouraged by the flexibility of our colleagues to adapt our business models successfully. It has enabled us to maintain safe working practices whilst continuing to provide an effective service to our customers.
“Whilst we have experienced improving trends recently, we do not expect a return to pre-covid trading conditions for some time and consequently we have had to take the very difficult decision to begin consultations on closure of selected branches and to reduce our workforce.
“This is in no way a reflection on those employees impacted and we will do everything we can to support them during this process.”