Co-op building £22m distribution depot in Derbyshire

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A new food distribution centre designed to create 350 jobs is being built in Derbyshire.

The Co-operative Group centre will be set up to deliver 68 million cases of groceries a year.

The grocery firm, which is building the £22m depot at Castlewood in South Normanton, said the centre will employ a total of 1,080 staff.

Construction work has started to clear the site, just off junction 28 off the M1, a Co-operative spokesman said.

The work of two smaller Co-operative food depots in the region will be merged at the site.

Mark Leonard, the Co-operative Food's head of logistics service, said: "It will not only create a significant number of new jobs locally, but its proximity to our existing depots in the area will allow many staff to transfer to the new site, safeguarding around 740 jobs in the region."

The distribution centre is expected to be fully operational during 2013.

It will serve 529 stores throughout the region, covering Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

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