PHOTO: EMMA DANGERFIELD/STUFF Rangiora Bunnings is one of seven that will close by the end of June as a result of Covid-19.

Bunnings Warehouse has confirmed the closure of seven stores by the end of June, affecting 145 staff.

The closures were first proposed on May 12, ahead of a period of consultation with affected team members.

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The final decision to close stores had been driven by the trading environment that resulted from Covid-19 and from other factors including lease arrangements, individual store performance and location, Bunnings New Zealand director Jacqui Coombes said.

Some locations had always been temporary, she said.

The Ashburton warehouse, four smaller format stores in Cambridge, Rangiora, Te Awamutu and Putaruru, and two trade centres in Hornby and Hastings will close permanently.