Bosses at Boots headquarters in Feltham have insisted the decision to axe 140 jobs there is not connected to the looming recession.
Despite the gloomy financial climate, they insist the cuts at their base at Fern House, in Feltham High Street, are just 'further steps to integration', following their merger with Alliance Pharmacies.
The national chemists firm has been linked to Feltham since Edgar Moss, the founder of the business, set up his very first pharmacy here back in 1915.
But a spokeswoman said: "The Support Offices in Nottingham and Feltham will now work more simply and efficiently, with aligned processes and systems in place.
"It is therefore anticipated that fewer roles will be needed in the support offices as further integration takes place. These changes will gradually take place over the next two years."
The Feltham premises, which currently cater to over 300 staff members, are the second branch of Boots Head Office. The firm is primarily based just outside Nottingham, where around 100 positions are expected to go.
But their spokeswoman insisted the company had worked hard to minimise the effects of the cuts. She added: "We propose to manage the reduction in roles, wherever possible, through a combination of natural wastage, redeployment within Boots UK and across Alliance Boots, relocations and voluntary redundancies."