DIY giant B&Q has announced six of the 60 stores it will close in the UK and Ireland over the next two years.
The changes were announced as the company posted a 7.5% drop in annual profits to £675 million after sales fell by 1.4% to £11 billion in the year to January 31.
B&Q have confirmed six stores that are earmarked for closure - Southampton; Dundee; Mansfield, Birmingham's Stetchford Road store, Hyde and Barnsley.
B&Q are still in the process of telling staff in other stores about closure plans.
The company says many staff affected will be re-assigned to its builders' supplies chain Screwfix.
Chief executive Veronique Laury, who took over from Sir Ian Cheshire in December, said the closure plan was one of a number of "sharp" decisions being taken by the FTSE 100 company.
She added: "Home improvement is a great market with huge potential and Kingfisher has a strong position within it with further scope to grow in a sustainable way.
It is the second–largest DIY chain in Europe, and the fourth–largest in the world.
The scale of possible job losses caused by the store closures has yet to be announced.
The performance was impacted by trading in France, where Castorama and Brico Depot were hit by the weak economy and low consumer confidence.