STAFF at the Index store in Huddersfield were today waiting to hear if their jobs will be among 3,200 to be cut by the chain's owner Littlewoods.
The company, which plans to close 126 Index outlets and sell 33 stores to rival Argos, is expected to hold a series of meetings following the news yesterday that it planned to pull the plug on the 20-year-old business.
Details have yet to be given of which stores will be sold to Argos owner GUS in a £44m deal that saves 800 of Index's 4,000 workforce.
The Index chain includes a store at Victoria Lane in Huddersfield.
The closure list features 33 stand-alone Index stores and a further 93 Index sites which trade in Littlewoods outlets.
Littlewoods - owned by the Barclay brothers - said it had run out of patience with the chain, which had racked up losses almost every year, amounting to more than £100m.
The company said it wanted to work with staff and unions.
Shopworkers' union Usdaw said yesterday the news had come out of the blue. It called for a meeting with the Liverpool-based company in order to review the business case.
Littlewoods has already said at least 350 jobs at a distribution centre in Moxley in the West Midlands and 170 posts at the Liverpool head office were likely to be affected.
Index was acquired by Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay in 2002 as part of a £750m deal to buy the Littlewoods Group from the Moores family.
The closure of the in-store Index sites will increase speculation that the brothers are also close to agreeing the sale of the 119-strong Littlewoods stores chain.