CHESTERFIELD: Scores of jobs at risk as Tesco plans to close depot

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Tesco is set to close its Barlborough depot with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Shocked staff at the Gander Lane grocery distribution centre – which employs about 400 people – were told the news this afternoon.

The supermarket chain is cutting a total of 2,000 distribution centre jobs nationwide – at Chesterfield, Harlow, Weybridge and Magor.

However, the company said it would attempt to relocate workers to two new distribution sites which are being created in Reading and Dagenham.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have informed colleagues of plans to close the Chesterfield grocery distribution centre.

“We are working with affected colleagues and their representatives to support them at this difficult time and we’ll do everything we can to find alternative roles within Tesco for as many people as possible.”

The announcement starts a 90-day consultation, with the sites due to close by September.

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