Boots was permitted to stay open in the pandemic as a key retailer, but this didn’t stop sales from falling.
Meanwhile, its opticians wing of the business saw sales dive by 72 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
Routine optical appointments were not able to run during the harsh lockdown, and only emergency treatment could take place.
Boots said that the cuts represent an “acceleration” of its transformation plans to improve profitably across the business.
Sebastian James, managing director of Boots UK, said: “The proposals announced today are decisive actions to accelerate our transformation plan, allow Boots to continue its vital role as part of the UK health system, and ensure profitable long-term growth.