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Fears for hundreds of jobs after Marks & Spencer distribution centre closure announced

Hundreds of jobs could be at risk for the retail giant Marks & Spencer Credit: PA Images

Retail giant Marks & Spencer have announced the closure of two of its main distribution centres next year, leaving hundreds of jobs at risk.

Following a review of logistics operations by the company, plans to shut its DHL-run site in Long Eaton have been confirmed.

DHL say affected warehouse staff have been informed and are entering a consultation period.

Union Usdaw said the announcement is 'devastating news' for the Derbyshire distribution centre's workforce.

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 Thorncliffe and Long Eaton distribution centres.

Moving the operations is not a decision we've taken lightly but it's an important change to help us best serve our customers as we move to a nationally connected network."

– M&S Spokesperson

DHL said the DHL-operated transport office will be relocating to M&S distribution centre at Castle Donington, and they will continue to work in partnership with M&S at several of its nationally connected sites.