New Co-op depot in area?

A HUGE Co-op distribution depot employing nearly 1,000 people could be opening up in the Eastwood and Kimberley area.

The Co-op Group said last week it planned to open a depot close to the M1 and around the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, but it has not yet decided on an exact location.

The depot will employ 900 people and will replace Nottinghamshire’s two current depots in Bulwell and Alfreton.

Ian Smith, the Co-op’s regional head of logistics, said: “We realise this is an unsettling time for staff at our existing depots, but the new one will be nearby and we hope as many of our staff as possible will transfer to the new site.”

The depot is due to open in 2012.