400 jobs lost in Chesterfield

Tesco has said it will close three distribution centres - with Chesterfield losing 400 staff.

Anger at Tesco closure

There's been an angry reaction to the news that 400 jobs could be lost in north east Derbyshire after supermarket giant Tesco announced it was shutting a distribution centre near the M1.

The site at Barlborough will close in September with the jobs moved down south. Council leaders and MPs say it's a massive blow to the area.

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Tesco say there are "no job losses"

A spokesman for Tesco said: "It’s wrong to say there are job losses – all the people at the three sites will be offered alternative roles at other Tesco sites. Plus, we are creating 2000 jobs at Reading and Dagenham.

"We will now have a period of consultation with colleagues and their representatives. We will do everything we can to support them at this time."

"We are opening two new distribution centres in Reading and Dagenham to create 1900 jobs in total."

Chesterfield Tesco distribution centre among three to close

Tesco are closing the following distribution centres:

  • Weybridge in Surrey which employs approximately 650 staff
  • Harlow in Essex which employs approximately 800 staff
  • Chesterfield in Derbyshire which employs approximately 400 staff

In addition Magor, in Monmouthshire, will reduce by approximately 150 staff and Welham Green, in Hertfordshire, by 70.

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