Mar 4 2013 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A DISTRIBUTION centre run by department store John Lewis has been earmarked for closure with the potential loss of 560 jobs.
The company announced today its intention to relocate the operations currently undertaken at Park Royal Distribution Centre in Kendal Avenue, on the Ealing side of Park Royal, to its expanded Magna Park warehouse in Milton Keynes in Bedfordshire where up to 450 new roles will be created.
Plans include the opening of a complementary new smaller hub in the greater London area, which will specifically serve west London and would generate a further 200 jobs.
Dino Rocos, operations director at John Lewis, said: “As our omnichannel business continues to grow, we are constantly striving to improve the service that we offer to our customers.
"Despite ongoing investment from us in the site, Park Royal no longer gives us the space we need for future expansion.
“We recognise the high level of talent and valuable experience that currently exists within Park Royal and, if we proceed with the proposal to close Park Royal, we hope that as many partners as possible will be able to continue to contribute to the business in a new role.”
The proposal to shut the Park Royal Distribution Centre and transfer the work to the two other sites are subject to consultation with the affected employees ending in 2015/16.
A John Lewis spokeswoman said workers will be given the opportunity to relocate with their jobs.