Waitrose reveals over 500 jobs at risk as it considers closing warehouse

By Staff

The supermarket chain has launched a consultation process over potentially shutting the site in Enfield, which only opened in 2020

The upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose has announced plans to close a delivery warehouse in North London later this year, which could put 545 jobs in danger.

The company, owned by the John Lewis Partnership, has started talks about possibly closing the Enfield site, which only opened its doors in 2020. If the plans go ahead, the warehouse could shut down this summer, even though its lease doesn’t end until early 2025.

The Enfield Customer Fulfilment Centre is a warehouse where online orders for some parts of North London are picked and delivered. It was set up when more people started ordering groceries online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now the company is considering to move the orders from the Enfield site to two other sites. A decision on the possible closure will be made after the 12-week consultation period. A spokesperson for Waitrose said: “With rental costs at Enfield due to increase and capacity elsewhere in our network, we are considering the closure of the site.”

“While not an option we’re exploring lightly, the proposal would maintain our high levels of customer service for Waitrose.com and support future growth. It’s in no way a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our team. No decision will be made until we have fully consulted with all partners at our Enfield site, who are being supported throughout the process.”

The planned job cuts are part of cost-cutting efforts at parent group John Lewis Partnership. Last week, Sharon White, the chairwoman of the partnership, said there is “no target” for job cuts but indicated that some roles will be impacted by its turnaround strategy.

“Part of our refresh plan is that we are becoming simpler and more flexible,” she said. “There will be less need for some roles in some areas over the coming years as a result, but there is no specific target.”

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