EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Wm Morrison

Wm Morrison

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Aylesford, Kent and Bristol


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 09-01-2006
Planned Job Reductions min: 1600
Planned Job Reductions max: 1600
Type of Restructuring: Merger/Acquisition

Additional Information

Supermarket chain Wm Morrison has told 1,600 staff working at depots in Kent and Bristol that they are to lose their jobs. The Bradford-based group is to close the depots in Aylesford and Bristol following the £3 billion takeover of Safeway. A depot in Warrington has already been closed, while concern about the prospects for the Bristol and Kent depots was first raised in September. The group said it was 'aiming to minimise redundancies as far as possible and will be talking about alternative roles within Morrisons'.