Distribution centre closure to affect 300 jobs

About 300 jobs are at risk in Yorkshire due to plans to shut a major Marks & Spencer distribution facility.

The retailer says it intends to close its Thorncliffe Distribution Centre, near Sheffield.

A spokesman for 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 Thorncliffe Distribution Centre.

“Moving the operations is not a decision 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.”

The warehouse is run by goods management company XPO Logistics, and distributes stock for M&S.

An XPO spokesman has said: “Following a review of their operations, our customer has decided to withdraw its operations from the M&S Thorncliffe warehouse.

“We have entered into a consultation period with colleagues, the trade union and elected employee representatives to finalise the plans.

“We will work to support employees through this time.”

As part of the supply chain changes, M&S says it is investing in its six national distribution centres at Bradford, Welham Green, Stoke, Swindon, Thurrock and Castle Donington.