Harlow: 800 Job Losses at Tesco Distribution Centre

Tesco has announced it is closing its distribution centre in Harlow leading to 800 job losses.

The supermarket has been telling Heart it is being done as part of a "strategic review" and will open two new centres in Dagenham and Reading.

A spokesperson for Tesco says: "We've been reviewing our distribution network, and have today (Monday February 25th) told colleagues in Harlow that we will be closing that distribution centre.

"Colleagues at Harlow will be offered jobs at other Tesco sites, including at the sites we have confirmed today that we will be opening this summer, in Reading and Dagenham.

"Two thousand jobs will be created at those sites."

Councillor Tony Durcan, Harlow Council's Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: "This is disappointing news and our immediate priority is to support those affected. We will be working closely with Tesco to ensure local workers receive support. We will also look at working with other organisations to provide information and practical advice on redundancy, retraining and applying for jobs to those affected.

"Although this is clearly a huge shock and blow for local residents and the local economy, businesses continue to look at relocating and investing in Harlow. For example Poundland will be unveiling plans today for a new 350,000 sq ft distribution centre in the Pinnacles which will employ up to 650 people. Poundland are carrying out consultation with residents and local businesses ahead of a planning application being submitted to Harlow Council. Harlow also has an Enterprise Zone which will attract new business and new jobs to the town in future."