At least 140 supermarket workers across the North West are out of a job after the Kwik Save chain closed a third of its stores across the UK.
The shutters have been pulled down on six stores in Greater Manchester, three in Merseyside, three in Lancashire and two in Cheshire.
Kwik Save said it was closing 79 shops - more than a third of its UK stores - in order to survive.
Shop workers union Usdaw said the News
would affect many of its members.
Speculation has suggested Kwik Save is facing a cash crisis, despite getting a £50m rescue package in February.