Eddie Stobart has started work on its £25m a year Tesco contract with the first shipment of goods passing out through the gates of a 528,000 square-foot Tesco chilled distribution centre in Widnes.
The new distribution centre is part of the Mersey Multimodal Gateway, a brown-field site development undertaken by Stobart Group, in partnership with Halton Borough Council.
The project is about to move into phase two of the development. Steve O’Connor, managing director of Stobart Ports, said: “This week is a landmark in the development of this region as a whole. Today’s activity at the site marks the completion of phase one of this major project for Stobart Group, Halton Borough Council and the Mersey region.
“Ultimately this project will create 5,000 jobs in the region, and that is something we all know is well worth working for.”