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New Debenhams boss unveils plans to close distribution centres

Debenhams Credit: PA

The new boss of department store chain Debenhams has unveiled plans to close its Lodge Farm distribution centre near Northampton along with 10 smaller in-house warehouses and put up to 10 stores under review.

The warehouse, operated by DHL, employs 220 staff and will shut in two years' time.

Debenhams say they hope to be able to redeploy many staff affected by the smaller warehouse closures.

Sergio Bucher, who took over as chief executive last October, outlined the overhaul that will see the group shut one of its three distribution centres.

Details of his plans came as the group announced a 6.4% drop in pre-tax profits to £87.8 million for the six months to March 4.

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Jet2 start flights from Birmingham Airport

Jet2 aeroplane Credit: PA

Jet2 have started new flights from Birmingham Airport, creating 200 new jobs.

The first flight left for Malaga this morning. The budget airline will offer 23 destinations from Birmingham Airport, which will see around 57 weekly flights.

Flights will operate from Birmingham Airport this summer to:

  • Alicante (Costa Blanca, Benidorm and Calpe)
  • Crete
  • Faro (The Algarve and Albufeira)
  • Fuerteventura
  • Girona (Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar)
  • Gran Canaria
  • Ibiza
  • Lanzarote
  • Majorca
  • Malaga (Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos and Merja)
  • Menorca
  • Paphos
  • Reus (Costa Dorada and Salou)
  • Rhodes
  • Tenerife

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said:

This is a significant day for Birmingham Airport as we welcome our newest partner to the West Midlands.Customers from the region will have access to more choice than ever.

– Birmingham Airport, Paul Kehoe
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