Co-Op Rings Up 1200 Jobs For Central Beds

7 November 2018, 13:58

Co-Op Depot

The Co-Op has announced it's creating some 1200 new jobs to Central Bedfordshire with a massive new depot.

The supermarket chain has just agreed terms for a new £45m distribution depot just off the A1 at Biggleswade.

The site will support the retailer’s ambitions for "continued growth across London, the South and South East" and is expected to open 100 new food stores this year alone.

The new 661,000 sq. ft. depot - to be located at Symmetry Park is expected to open in early 2022.

Jo Whitfield, Retail CEO, Co-op , said:

"This is a vital step in our journey to get closer to our customers’ and their shopping needs by offering the products they want and care about from stores which are closer to where they live.

The new site will extend capacity across our logistics network. This will help stores to better serve communities and support our ambitious growth plans across London, the South and South East.

This is an exciting development, we believe a strong Co-op can create stronger communities and the investment is indicative of both the performance of the Co-op and the delivery of our food strategy.”

Andy Perry, Supply Chain & Logistics Director, Co-op, said:

“The infrastructure and site selection will deliver greater agility, scale and efficiency - improving service and availability at existing stores while building capacity to support our store investment programme and ambitions for continued growth.

The new site will form part of an integrated review and rebalancing of volumes across our network – it will provide greater scale while future-proofing our operations. The move will reduce road miles, overall supply chain costs and supports our stores in the South by having more of our products closer to our members and customers and the communities in which they live and work.”

Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“We are delighted to welcome businesses of this caliber to Biggleswade.”