Tesco beauty salons spark jobs fear

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TESCO is set to grab a slice of the £14bn health and beauty market after trialing a salon in its Chesterfield store.

The chain is opening eight beauty stores nationwide after spray tans, haircuts and nail treatments proved popular at the town’s Tesco Extra.

It charges £12.50 for a simple haircut and £20 for a shampoo, cut and finish.

Eyebrow shaping is £5, a full leg wax £15, tanning £15 and a head massage £15. Shoppers don’t need an appointment.

The Forum of Private Business is warning jobs in the hair and beauty sector could be at risk.

Phil Orford, forum chief executive, said it would be “one more reason not to visit the high street.”

“It will be a concern for thousands of independent retailers who have, until now, been relatively unscathed by supermarkets’ product diversification.

“Tesco has now become the first of the ‘big four’ supermarkets to make a move into the lucrative beauty sector, which employs around 250,000 people. The Forum is concerned that, unable to compete with larger rivals on price, small shops could be forced to close.

“Over the past 10 years, all of the big supermarkets have moved into retail sectors other than their traditional grocery-focused background.

“It seems Tesco is now looking to help itself to a piece of the one market where the supermarkets have so far not ventured.

“But where one goes, the fear is others will follow, and you have to wonder how long it will be before their rivals do the same.

“Offering in-store services like this will be just one more reason for shoppers not to visit their local high street. It could really hurt the independents.”