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300 jobs at Chorley's new Waitrose
Around 300 jobs have been created in Chorley as supermarket Waitrose opened its new £35million regional distribution centre today.
The centre will service 42 branches across the north of England and Scotland, including the closest store at Walton-le-Dale.
By the end of this year, it is expected to also service new shops in Helensburgh – which will become the supermarket’s sixth store in Scotland, and Northwich, Cheshire, bringing the total to 44.
Located on the Matrix business park in Buckshaw Village, the centre comprises a 360,000ft2 warehouse, 50,000ft2 of office space and a vehicle maintenance unit.
It will enable Waitrose to expand its portfolio of stores across the north of England and Scotland during the next decade.
When running at full capacity, the centre will employ a total of 600 employees and service up to around 100 branches.
Of the 300 new employees, more than 90 people have been recruited into management roles or specialist and support positions in catering, administration and maintenance.
Around 200 employees have been employed as warehouse operatives and drivers.
Training has been provided for all roles and as part of the recruitment process, Waitrose worked with local groups in the Chorley and Leyland area to encourage the long-term unemployed to apply for jobs.
When joining Waitrose, all employees become partners in the John Lewis Partnership, allowing a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.
Waitrose supply chain director, David Jones, said: “Everything is now in place for us to hit the ground running.
“We’ve made a significant investment in Lancashire and are here for the long-term.
“Waitrose has a target to open up to 10 Waitrose convenience shops and up to 10 supermarkets each year and this RDC will play a key role in achieving that.”
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