Hundreds of new jobs will be created by the arrival
of a Sainsbury’s distribution centre in North Warwickshire.
The supermarket chain is setting up on the Hams
Hall site and will create 700 jobs on site with another 650 ancillary
The centre will serve the whole Midlands and is
close to the Castle Vale store, on the edge of Solihull which has just
opened, and is one of Sainsbury’s largest sites.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman explained the company was
one of the bidders for the Hams Hall site marketed by Advantage West
Midlands, the government agency for the region.
Sainsbury’s was successful in its efforts for the
68-acre plot, and aims to put a 700,000 sq ft distribution centre on
It will now approach North Warwickshire Borough
Council for planning permission and could be on-site at the end of this
year. It will take 12 months to complete the work, so the earliest
opening date would be the end of 2001.
It is part of the creation 3,000 new jobs across
the West Midlands by Sainsburys with its Hams Hall bases and new stores
across the region. But the company could not confirm today any new sites
across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Both the Rugby and Leamington stores are currently
undergoing extensions which should boost the size of both of them by 50
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said of the Hams Hall
“There will be jobs in the warehouse as IT and
the handling of goods. There will be a broad base of jobs open to
“This is an excellent location right at the
centre of the country for us and we look forward to working with the
North Warwickshire local authority.”
The former power station site is already the based
for a freight depot with a rail link and other industrial uses as part
of a regeneration of the site.
Mike O’Brien, MP for North Warwickshire, said:
“This shows that Hams Hall is recognized as a
major site for business and economic growth in North Warwickshire and
“I welcome the investment and creation of these