firm Brakes reacts to jobs fears as warehouse move looms
at one of Highbridge's largest employers fear jobs could be lost
as the company considers shutting its warehouse and moving out
of the town.
Brakes Group has recently acquired a new depot in Portbury, which
it says may affect its existing three warehouse sites at Highbridge,
Bristol and Yate.
at the Brakes food depot on Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate
are waiting to hear whether the Portbury move will affect them.
A Brakes spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "How
this site will operate within the current UK network is subject
to further planning. A collective consultation period has begun
with colleagues at three depots within the region."
the company will consider all possible alternatives, one potential
impact is that the three depots will be closed and the need to
make redundancies could therefore arise."
company is committed to avoiding redundancies where possible,
reducing the number of employees affected and mitigating the consequences
of any closure."
"The full scope of how these sites will be affected is not
yet confirmed. Once business decisions are formally approved for
a site, specific consultation at that location will begin."
is committed to supporting its colleagues during this process;
it is not anticipated that customers will be affected."
will occupy a 250,763 sq ft former Asda cold store at Portbury.
It has already agreed a deal for a 30-year lease of the site.
warehouse comprises a purpose-built cold store facility, which
was built in the early 1990s. It is located on a 17-acre site
adjacent to junction 19 of the M5 motorway and was last occupied
by Asda in September 2013.