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Co-op Group opens new £22m DC


Mutual retail & services business The Co-operative Group has today announced the opening of a new distribution centre in north Derbyshire, creating some 300 new jobs and employing over 1,000 people.

The opening of Castlewood CDC marks the completion of a £22 million transformation and modernisation programme started in 2004 and the 480,000 sq ft centre will be fully operational by October, the group said.

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the depot will service Co-operative Food stores in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire with over 3,600 weekly deliveries.

The Co-operative Food CEO Steve Murrells, who will unveil a plaque at the new South Normanton site today, commented: “The opening of Castlewood marks a major milestone for The Co-operative and the completion of a radical revamp of our entire logistics network.

“We’ve invested £22 million into Castlewood to create an efficient facility, which will not only create 300 new jobs and boost the local economy, but it also represents The Co-operative Food’s ambition for the future.”

Situated just off Junction 28 of the M1, the depot features a number of energy-efficient initiatives including rainwater harvesting and movement detection lighting which has helped the centre secure an “excellent” BREEAM rating, a leading assessment for sustainable buildings.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Alan Tomlinson, who along with other local council members will today bury a time capsule to commemorate the launch, said that the CDC will benefit the local area.

He explained: “We worked very closely with The Co-operative and are delighted that they chose South Normanton as the location for their regional distribution centre.

“This is a massive investment in the area, an investment that has already seen around 300 jobs created for local people.

“The Co-operative saw the benefits this site offered in terms of its location, its infrastructure and the enormous potential it has for further development or expansion and having such a well renowned business such as The Co-operative on this site will help us attract more businesses to the area, which in turn will help us create more job opportunities and wealth for local people.”

Published on Monday 22 April by Editorial Assistant

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