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M&S: Decision to close Hardwick distribution centre ‘not taken lightly’

Marks & Spencer says closing its Hardwick Grange distribution centre near Warrington was “not a decision taken lightly”.

The site will cease operations in September, with work transferring to other locations across the UK, including one in Bradford.

Hardwick is operated by third party logistics specialist XPO Logistics with transport operations provided by DHL. Both XPO and DHL have now entered a period of consultation with the circa 450 staff who work at the site.

In November 2017 M&S set out a five-year transformation programme for the business concentrating on ‘Restoring the Basics’, ‘Shaping the Future’ and ‘Making M&S Special’.

As part of the programme, M&S has to date announced a slowdown in openings of its Simply Food stores; an acceleration of the UK store estate closure programme and the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau.

Gordon Mowat, director of clothing, home supply chain and logistics at M&S, says: “Closing Hardwick will help to remove some complexity from our network and speed up our supply chain.

“However, it was not a decision we took lightly and it is not in any way a reflection on the hard work and dedication provided by the teams on site. We will do all we can to support our partners through the consultation process.”