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Logistics to play a part in Asda expansion

By: David Howells
23 January 2012

Asda could be adding driving work to its growing portfolio of jobs expected to be created in 2012.

The supermarket chain announced its intention to hire 5,000 new members of staff in 2012, as part of a £500 million expansion drive.

The money is to go towards 25 new stores, three new distribution depots and the refurbishment of 43 existing outlets. Asda, which already employs 180,000 people, plans to invest in distribution centres in Scotland, Rochdale and Wakefield - amongst others.

The plans for Scotland include closing down the chain's current Scottish distribution hub and moving operations to a much larger base. It will house operations for the whole of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The 633,150-square-feet site in Rochdale would distribute frozen and chilled products along the M62 corridor; whilst the Wakefield hub will be an ambient cross-dock station previously used by Netto, which Asda took over in 2011.

Speaking to about the development's recruitment prospects, president and chief executive of Asda, Andy Clarke, enthused: "I look forward to seeing these new stores and depots open for business and welcoming new colleagues and customers to our team."

Adding, Doug McMillon, president and chief executive of Asda owner Walmart, told "Our continued investment is because we see a tremendous opportunity in front of us. I'm proud... that we can make an even bigger difference in the lives of our customers and the communities we serve."

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