Threat to 444 jobs as Tesco proposes Welham Green distribution centre closure

Tesco is proposing to close its Welham Green distribution centre

Tesco is proposing to close its Welham Green distribution centre - Credit: Archant

Tesco is proposing the closure of its Welham Green distribution centre, which employs 444 people.

Tesco’s proposed changes to its distribution network are to “run its business more simply and in a way that best serves its customers”.

The changes form part of a wider programme of transformation, which has been taking place over the last two years, to “ensure Tesco is set up for the future in a rapidly changing retail sector”.

The proposed changes will reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23 in the UK and will include closing Welham Green distribution centre and moving its grocery operations to the Reading distribution centre.

The supermarket will also be bringing the majority of general merchandising into one distribution centre at Middlesbrough, resulting in the closure of the Chesterfield distribution centre.

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Simplifying the management structure across all distribution centres.

Tesco states: “While these changes will result in some redundancies, new roles will be created within other sites across the Tesco distribution network.

“This includes new jobs at Reading and Middlesbrough distribution centres as well as the creation of colleague support roles in the majority of centres.”

Matt Davies, Tesco UK&ROI CEO, said: “As the needs of our customers change, it’s vital we transform our business for the future.

“As part of this we are proposing to close two of our distribution centres in the UK. These changes will help to simplify our distribution operations so we can continue to serve our customers better.

“Our priority throughout this process has been our colleagues and we will continue to do all we can to support them at this time.”

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