Tesco has secured consent for a regional distribution centre (RDC) in Whitely, Reading, creating 1,000 jobs in the deprived area, it was announced last night.
A 900,000 sq ft distribution warehouse is to open at the previous Heineken brewery site, after locals were overwhelmingly positive during public consultations in July. Some 470 people attended the exhibition with over 99 per cent supporting the plans.
Tesco claims to have received over 800 expressions of interest for a wide range of jobs, from managerial roles to warehouse operatives and maintenance staff.
The construction phase of the project would also provide more than 150 temporary jobs.
Locals were reportedly encouraged by the supermarket’s promise to improve and enhance landscape around the site, while other proposals include a vehicle maintenance unit to run alongside the ambient food distribution centre.
The site overlooks Junction 11 of the M4 and A33 and will emit 34 per cent less CO2 than the levels imposed by 2010 building regulations, as the grocery giant aims to achieve its target of becoming a zero-carbon business by 2050.
James Wiggam, a spokesperson for Tesco, welcomed the opportunity to bring employment to the area.
“We are proud to be able to bring jobs and investment to Reading,” he said.
“We have worked closely with the local community and council to develop these proposals and have been overwhelmed by the positive response to them.
“We’re particularly honoured that so many people have already shown an interest in the jobs and look forward to working with Job Centre plus to deliver these jobs to local people.”