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Tesco to shut three distribution centres

Cheshunt, Herts, UK: Tesco is closing distribution centres in Weybridge, Surrey; Harlow, Essex; and Chesterfield, Derbyshre.

According to a Guardian report, the company is shedding up to 800 jobs at its Harlow site, 650 at Weybridge and 400 at Chesterfield.

Additionally, Tesco is cutting staff at its site in Magor, Monmouthshire by around 150 and in Welham Green, Hertfordshire by 70.

Chesterfield, Weybridge and Harlow will be closed down entirely, while Magor and Welham Green will remain open but with fewer staff. The announcement starts a 90-day consultation, with the sites due to close by September.

Tesco said staff would be offered alternative roles at other Tesco sites, including two new distribution centres at Reading and Dagenham where around 2,000 jobs will be created.

A spokesman said: “We’ve been reviewing our distribution network, and have confirmed plans to close some of our current distribution centres and open new ones that will give our customers a better service and improve working conditions for our colleagues. Colleagues who are affected will be offered jobs at other Tesco sites, including at the two new distribution sites we have confirmed that we will be opening, in Reading and Dagenham. Two thousand jobs will be created at those sites.”