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Co-Op on the hunt for one-thousand distribution workers

By: David Howells
13 April 2011

The Co-Op has announced a "major recruitment drive" in a bid to source 1,000 employees to staff their regional distribution centre in Andover.

The company has invested £28 million in the 467,000-square foot, multi-temperature regional distribution centre based in the Andover Commercial Park in Hampshire. It's now on the hunt for 300 drivers for logistics work, 550 warehouse employees and 150 admin workers to staff it.

The Co-Op is the UK's fifth largest grocery retailer and has in place a strategy for rapid growth following its recent merger with Somerfield. The new logistics centre will distribute over 1.3 million cases every week to the 400 stores the Co-Op has across southern England.

Co-Op's regional head of logistics Mark Leonard told the Retail Gazette what the centre meant for Andover and the south as a whole, saying: "Our new regional distribution centre will not only provide major employment locally but will also help further boost the local economy for many years to come."

"This is a major investment in and commitment to the local community."

Leonard was also keen to point out what the measures would mean for the business at a whole. He told "The Co-Operative Group's food business has significantly grown in recent years and our logistics operation has undergone a major overhaul to develop accordingly."

"This investment will help us to continue to provide high standards of service to our customers, while also allowing further growth."

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