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Waitrose to create 600 jobs in logistics

By: Joe Elvin
01 April 2011

Waitrose has announced plans for a new distribution centre, which would create 600 logistics jobs in Chorley.

The UK supermarket will invest £35 million into the centre as part of its plans to expand throughout the North of England and Scotland.

Furthermore, this announcement from Waitrose - confirming its intentions to create up to 30 convenience stores and ten supermarkets each year - has sparked hope of a big logistics recruitment drive in the near future. Waitrose' supply chain director, David Jones, was very happy at news of the supermarket's expansion.

He told local radio station Wish FM: "We're delighted to be making such a significant investment in the North West and creating up to 600 new jobs for the region."

"We've made no secret of our plans to take the Waitrose brand to more people in more places and we're currently still under-represented in the north, a key area for our growth ambitions. This new regional distribution centre will provide a vital platform for future expansion.”

A planning application for the new distribution centre is set to be presented to the local council early next week, with sources from Road Transport estimating it could be up and running by autumn 2012.

Currently, Waitrose' most-northerly distribution centre is based in Bardon, Leicestershire; and is operating at full capacity.

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