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Midcounties Co-op to close Oxford chilled distirbution centre

Oxford, UK: The Midcounties Co-operative expects to close its chilled distribution centre in West Oxford, with the loss of more than 120 jobs, reports the Oxford Mail.

The company’s deputy chief executive Andy Cresswell told the Oxford Mail that problems with flooding at the site had contributed to the decision.

The site, at Ferry Hinksey Road, was closed due to flooding in November last year and January this year.

As well as flooding, chief executive Ben Reid said the plans were also a result of company growth. He said that the site was unsuitable for expansion.

“The number of convenience stores and supermarkets that Midcounties operates has grown considerably in recent years and that growth will continue, which is why we have undertaken a considered and in-depth review of our logistics operation,” said Reid.

The Midcounties Co-operative already uses distribution centres operated by Co-operative Group and is considering moving the rest of its operations into that network.