Asda to create 600 jobs at new centre in Bulwell
SIX hundred jobs will be created when a new Asda distribution centre opens in Bulwell.
The 120,000-square foot home shopping base – where goods ordered over the internet are stored before delivery – will be open by March in the former Clearway Distribution Centre on Blenheim Industrial Estate.
Jobs will include shop-floor and office work as well as driving.
Bulwell councillor John Hartshorne described the move as "wonderful" for the town, which has high rates of unemployment.
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Labour market figures in August showed 9.6 per cent of people in Bulwell were claiming Job Seekers' Allowance – this compares to an average of 6.3 per cent in Nottingham and 3.8 per cent in the UK.
Mr Hartshorne said: "The town has been desperate for this type of investment.
"We hope that the many disenfranchised youngsters and adults in Bulwell will grasp this opportunity to get into work.
"It is an exciting time. We hope it will just be the start and that more jobs can come to the north of the city in the years to come."
It is the latest jobs boost for the Notts area. Last month, sportswear retailer Sports Direct announced it was creating 500 jobs at its Shirebrook warehouse.
Meanwhile the Lenton-based Pizza Factory is training up 100 unemployed people for jobs there.
City council deputy leader Councillor Graham Chapman said: "This deal is excellent news for local people looking for jobs and for the local economy generally.
"It underlines business confidence in Nottingham as a highly competitive location."
The Asda base will be just the third of its kind to open in the UK.
Online orders made to the company from Notts will be delivered from there.
Jobs will offer a wide range of shift patterns, from early morning to late evening shifts.
Richard Jackson, who will be the general manager at the centre, said: "Our new home shopping centre will help us keep up with our customers' demands to shop where and when is convenient to them, as well as creating hundreds of jobs"
People living near the site gave the move the thumbs-up.
Yvonne Perry, 39, of Nine Acre Gardens, said: "It will give these young unemployed people something to do, so it is terrific news. This area has suffered from high unemployment for too long."
John Shelley, 87, also of Nine Acre Gardens, said: "There is a real unemployment issue around here, so this is fantastic news."
Juris Ivanovs, 36, of the same street, was also in favour, adding: "It is great news for the area."
Fellow Bulwell resident Amanda Henry, 39, believed the centre would be ideal for her out-of-work husband Shannon.
She said: "He has been looking for a job, but it is very difficult around here these days.
"The fact it will be opening in March is great, too, as that's when our child starts school."
Sheila Richards, 34, of Fenroth Close, said: "I think it's wonderful for the area. It is great to see jobs being brought to Bulwell."
It is the third major distribution centre due to come to the region, in close proximity to the M1.
Last month Marks & Spencer said it was creating 1,000 jobs at a distribution centre in Castle Donington over the next year.
A new £22 million Co-operative Group food distribution depot in South Normanton is also set to employ about 1,080 staff.