Builders merchant group Wolseley is to close the distribution centres in Didcot and Chorley, as part of its programme to cut costs and increase efficiencies.
Around 133 roles at Chorley and 76 at Didcot DC will be affected, as well a further 60 permanent positions at the transport out-bases supporting the two centres. There will be a period of consultation of 90 days for all affected employees.
Rob Marchbank, CEO – Europe and MD Wolseley UK, said that Wolseley remains committed to delivering excellent service to its customers.
“The prolonged nature and severity of the global economic recession and unprecedented market conditions are driving the need for greater productivity and to operate even more efficiently,” he said.
“Any job losses are regrettable, however there is a need to adjust our business to the prevailing market conditions. We fully recognise our responsibilities to all individuals affected by this announcement, and we will consult with them to ensure that they are dealt with in a fair and sensitive manner.”
Wolseley are currently in the middle of a branch closure programme across the country.