THE CAFE in Newport Sainsbury’s is one of the few to remain open — after the supermarket giant announced it was closing 200 out of its 267 in-store cafes.

The move is said to be putting around 2,000 jobs at risk nationally.

It is the latest in a raft of recent restructuring moves by the retailer as it seeks to keep a lid on rising costs.

The remaining 67 in-store cafes, including the Isle of Wight's will stay open while the company reviews changes to its dining operations.

Sainsbury's has also said it will open 30 Starbucks sites in its supermarkets.

Chief executive Simon Roberts said: “As we go through this period of transition, we have taken the difficult decision to close 200 of our cafes next month.

“We have spoken to all colleagues affected by these changes today and are absolutely committed to supporting them in any way we can during this uncertain time.

“Of course, we understand this is very unsettling for our colleagues, but we must keep adapting our business to make sure we are offering customers the best possible food and drink at affordable prices."

As well as Newport, Sainsbury's also has stores in Sandown, Cowes, Ryde and Freshwater.