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Asda launches bid for new North-West distribution centre

By: David Howells
30 August 2011

Supermarket giant Asda is looking to further its recent expansion with the building of a new distribution centre in Rochdale.

The retailer has submitted plans for a 633,150-sq ft distribution centre at Rochdale's 420-acre Kingsway Business Park.

Of this development, almost 500,000-sq ft will be taken up with warehouse and office space, whilst the remaining 133,500-sq ft will house a state-of-the-art waste recycling centre.

Provided the new building is granted planning permission, the centre could be in operation by the end of 2012. It is thought the new development will create many jobs in the area, with Asda seeking to fill as many as 800 driving jobs in order to handle the three-million cases of chilled foods the distribution centre would be able to manage.

Speaking to of the bid, Ant Everett - head of network for Asda distribution - explained: "Since the successful acquisition by Asda of the Netto business in 2010, the company has identified a shortfall in capacity in the North West and Yorkshire in its specialist warehouse provision.

"We need a new warehouse in the North West to service our growing number of stores and Kingsway's location and the fact that it has direct access to the M62 makes it ideal to service the whole of the north of England."

Adding, Everett told how the distribution centre would provide up to 800 jobs when fully operational and how the business aims to make it "one of the most environmentally sustainable development of its kind in the UK.

"It would be a flagship development for us," he claimed; "leading the way for Asda worldwide."

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