Argos has announced it is set to close its Somerset distribution site, with Unite union warning this will put “230 jobs at risk”.
The Bridgwater site is set to close next year, after Argos owner Sainsbury’s confirmed that the depot is one of the sites affected as part of the firm’s plans to streamline logistics networks for the two brands.
Sainsbury’s announced last year that some distribution sites would be impacted by plans to integrate the logistics operations for the Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat brands into one.
The firm has said it will look to redeploy workers impacted by the recent announcement elsewhere in its operations, but Unite has said it “will explore all options to preserve as many jobs as possible.”
A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “Last year we shared plans to accelerate the integration of the Sainsbury’s and Argos logistics networks and confirmed a number of our existing depots would close.
“Our Bridgwater depot is one of the sites affected and we are supporting the teams in any way we can.
“This includes exploring redeployment opportunities for our colleagues within Sainsbury’s.”
Unite regional officer, Tim Morris, said: “Our members at the Argos Bridgwater distribution centre have continued to work throughout the pandemic and their reward for this dedication is to face losing their jobs.
“Unite will be holding an urgent meeting with the company to better understand why this announcement has been made.
“The union will fully engage in the consultation process and will explore all options to preserve as many jobs as possible in Bridgwater or at alternative locations.”