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Sainsbury's opens new distribution centres

By: Joe Elvin
18 October 2011

Sainsbury's is set to create over 500 logistics jobs following its move into two new distribution centres.

The supermarket giant has provided a major boost to logistics recruitment in the Greenford/Kempston area, after finally completing a move into both Greenford Park Industrial Estate and Marsh Leys Distribution Park.

According to, the plans were announced back in 2010, however the supermarket has had to arrange a lot of building work in order to make the sites suitable for use.

The sites are likely to eventually employ more logistics workers than the majority of the chain's other 13 distribution centres across the UK. The Marsh Leys site is the largest distribution warehouse in the South East.

Both sites had previously been occupied by defunct retailers Woolworths until they were forced to cease trading in early 2009.

Commenting on the opening of the Marsh Leys centre, Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, was unable to hide his delight at the economic boost likely to be provided.

Speaking to, he said: "This is excellent news for the Borough. It is a huge boost that major businesses like Sainsbury's are choosing to invest here. I am delighted by the new jobs and new investment that Sainsbury's will bring."

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