John Lewis has announced that it intends to close its Leith warehouse, near Edinburgh, saying it is “no longer suitable” for the business.
Nearly 80 people work at the distribution centre and are being consulted on the plans. John Lewis has said some staff members may be relocated to the Glasgow warehouse, where 40 new jobs will be created.
A spokeswoman for John Lewis said: “We are currently speaking to partners about how we can use existing capacity in our distribution sites to make sure our network can be more efficient, while maintaining our high standards of service for customers.”
She added that the site was being closed as it was “no longer suitable to support our growing business”. The firm plans to consolidate services into its Glasgow warehouse in Lister instead.
She added: “Our partners are at the heart of our business and we will be listening to their views through consultation on this matter in the coming months. We are creating new jobs at our Glasgow site as a result of these changes and redeployment will be offered to partners wherever possible.”