M&S to close Long Eaton distribution centre

An M&S distribution centre in Long Eaton is set to close, affecting hundreds of jobs.

DHL employs more than 300 staff at the centre.

In a statement M&S said: “We’re in the early stages of changing our supply chain to address flow of product and availability for our customers. As part of this we’ll no longer be serving our stores from our Long Eaton distribution centre.

“Moving the operations is not a decision that we’ve taken lightly but it’s an important change to help us best serve our customers. Our logistics partner will be working closely with the colleagues at the site on what is best for them.”

Retail trade union Usdaw responded to the news that the company is proposing to close the site in Spring next year.

Ed Leach – Usdaw Area Organiser said: “This proposed closure has come as a shock and is devastating news for staff. Usdaw will now enter into meaningful consultations with the company where we will interrogate the business case and secure the best possible outcome for all affected.

“In the meantime we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they need at this very difficult time. If the worst happens and the closure goes ahead; Usdaw will do everything possible to find alternative employment for our members, utilising our lifelong learning services and talking to other employers about possible work opportunities.”