A MAJOR Uttoxeter employer's distribution centre in the East Staffordshire town is up for sale. Lambert Smith and Hampton commercial estate agents are currently marketing the Fox's Biscuits distribution centre building and accompanying land at Dovefields Industrial Estate. Within the marketing particulars available online, a representative of Lambert Smith and Hampton said: “The property comprises a detached industrial warehouse unit of steel portal frame construction with sprinklers, warehouse lighting, two-storey offices, loading yard with canopy, car park, and potential expansion land (subject to planning permission).
“The site extends to approximately 3.9 acres (1.58 hectares).”
The marketing of the freehold site follows the announcement in Spring this year that around 300 jobs were set to be axed at Fox’s Biscuits.
In March this year, 2 Sisters Food Group, which owns Fox’s Biscuits, announced that 250 of the 780 jobs at their Cheadle Road factory were at risk, and that a further 50 jobs were at risk at their Uttoxeter and Wakefield distribution centres where 63 people are employed.
At that time, a spokesman for 2 Sisters Food Group said: “Fox’s Biscuits has recently committed to a major investment plan to maximise new growth and commercial opportunities.
“As part of this plan, we have informed colleagues there are a number of tough decisions to make as we review manufacturing capabilities to give us the best possible chance of sustained success.
“Regrettably, our loss-making site in Uttoxeter requires urgent attention and biscuit production lines need re-configuring to ensure it has a longer-term, viable future.
“This means we will be entering into consultation with our colleagues around proposals to restructure the site. Around 250 roles will be at risk of redundancy.
“Additionally, a smaller number of colleagues, around 50, at our Uttoxeter and Wakefield distribution centres will also enter into consultation as we explore proposals to out-source this warehousing work.
“Our key priority now is to hold meaningful discussions with all affected colleagues and their representatives and ensure we explore all possible options before coming to any final decisions.”
When contacted by the Times & Echo this week for a comment about the distribution centre being put on the market, a spokesman for 2 Sisters Food Group, reiterated their statement from March and also stated: “We are still in consultation with our colleagues and therefore we are not in a position to comment further until the process has completed.”
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