Sainsbury’s to close Northfleet

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Sainsbury’s is planning to close its depot at Northfleet near Gravesend in Kent. This follows the decision to close the Rotherham depot.

Revealing its third quarter trading results, the company said: “We are continuing to reorganise our depot network to ensure the most efficient distribution of product to stores and as previously announced, our depot at Rotherham will close in the next few days.”

The decision to close Northfleet, subject to consultation in April follows the take-over by Exel of management of the network in the south east. Sainsbury’s said it had become apparent that the distribution centre in Northfleet may not be required and the site would close in April 2006.

Sales in the third quarter were up 5.9 per cent but Sainsbury’s warned: “We are still incurring additional costs as we embed new processes for long-term and sustainable change to our operations.”

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