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Wolseley to shut two centres and cut 260 jobs

Building materials group Wolseley is set to close its distribution centres in Didcot and Chorley, with the loss of 269 jobs.

These changes are part of the company’s focus on improving efficiency, reducing costs and realigning supply chain activities to the sales volumes in light of continued challenging market conditions.

The changes will effect 133 jobs at Chorley and 76 jobs at Didcot – where the lease expires in August this year – and a further 60 permanent positions at the transport out-bases supporting the two distribution centres. There will be a period of consultation of 90 days for all affected employees.

Rob Marchbank, CEO – Europe and MD Wolseley UK, said: “The prolonged nature and severity of the global economic recession and unprecedented market conditions are driving the need for greater productivity and to operate even more efficiently.

“Any job losses are regrettable, however there is a need to adjust our business to the prevailing market conditions. We fully recognise our responsibilities to all individuals affected by this announcement, and we will consult with them to ensure that they are dealt with in a fair and sensitive manner.”

Wolseley, which owns Plumb Center and Build Center in the UK, has cut about 17,000 staff and shut 713 branches globally since August 2007.