Aldi and B&M are to create 1,400 jobs in Wixams, Bedford with the development of two major regional distribution centres.
Aldi has been issued planning permission for a 800,000 sq ft DC, creating around 400 jobs, while B&M is to open a 1 million sq ft DC that will create 1,000 new jobs.
Matthew Barnes, CEO – Aldi UK and Ireland said: “The excellent transport links and infrastructure in the area made it an obvious choice for our new distribution base as we move towards our long-term ambition of 1,000 UK stores by 2022. We look forward to starting work on the site in due course, and will keep the community updated on developments and recruitment opportunities.”
Simon Arora, chief executive of B&M Retail Ltd said “Our continued nationwide growth has allowed us to invest approximately £100m in what will be one of the largest distribution facilities in the UK. We are delighted to be coming to Bedford and will be recruiting in 2019 as the building approaches completion.”
Mayor Dave Hodgson said “Attracting new businesses and new jobs is a key priority for the council, and Aldi and B&M’s investment is another major vote of confidence in Bedford Borough. These two major facilities will provide a variety of different employment opportunities amongst the 1,400 new jobs. Through the Council’s Jobs Hub, we will make sure that local residents can take advantage of the investment and the jobs being created.”