Online supermarket chain Ocado is shutting a key warehouse, leading to fears of thousands losing their jobs.
Ocado’s site in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, handles a fifth of its customers orders a week and is due to be shut later this year.
Over 2,000 jobs are on the line but the online grocer is planning to move some roles to nearby sites, including Luton.
Ocado Group chief executive Tim Steiner said: “As the online grocery channel grows, our new, enhanced fulfilment centres and technologies will drive a step change in customer experience and efficiency.
“With this capacity coming online, now is the right time for us to halt operations at our oldest facility at Hatfield and consider our future options for the site.”
“We want to keep as much of this talent and experience within the business as possible and expect to retain a large proportion of colleagues impacted by these changes, either in our new Luton CFC (customer fulfilment centre) or across our wider UK network.”