300 new jobs as Tesco reveals Fenny Lock depot is to reopenFeb 07, 2013
The depot closed in 2011 but its reopening is expected to create 300 jobs.
Tesco’s plan includes the closure of part of its warehousing operations at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire and talks have begun with retail and distribution workers union USDAW.
Consultations have begun over offering alternative roles to affected staff, who face the possibility of up to 200 redundancies.
The decision to reopen Fenny Lock was made after a reviw of the retail giant’s online distribution network. The move will bring distribution from several sites of smaller Tesco Direct purchases under one roof.
A Tesco spokeswoman said: “The move will enable us to deliver better service for customers as our online business grows. The distribution network at the moment is inefficient and by bringing it under one roof we can be more efficient and environmentally friendly.
“Part of the business currently operated from our Daventry site will move to Fenny Lock, and we are working with USDAW to support affected colleagues through this difficult time.”
Tesco hopes to offer affected staff new roles at the clothing and grocery distribution centres at Fenny Lock or Daventry.
Lock has undergone a major refurbishment to create a state-of-the-art distribution centre and accommodate new products, said the spokeswoman.