SHD Logistics

Co-op confirms warehouse closures

Published: June 07, 2012 by Peter MacLeod

The Co-operative Group has confirmed the closure of its distribution centres in Wellington and Portbury ahead of the opening of a new 435,750 sq ft South West depot at Avonmouth.

The Co-operative is investing £20m in building a new regional distribution centre at Avonmouth, near Bristol, which will employ up to 900 staff and is due to open in September 2012. The 435,750 sq ft facility will serve around 492 Co-operative food stores in the Bristol, north Somerset and South Wales areas, and will replace several smaller depots in the region.

Logistics business Norbert Dentressangle will run the transport operation at Avonmouth, on behalf of The Co-operative Group. As well as Chelston, the new depot will also take on the operations currently run by supply chain company, Wincanton, at Portbury, and previously at Bridgwater in Somerset, which closed last year.

The Wellington depot, which employs around 340 staff at Chelston Business Park, will close its doors on Sunday 25th November, followed by Portbury, which has around 350 staff at Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol, on Sunday 7th April 2013.