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Asda's 600 new jobs in pipeline for Scots.

SUPERMARKET giants Asda are bringing 600 jobs to Scotland.

The company plan to expand their distribution network throughout the UK - creating a total of 1200 jobs.

Depots and service centres will be refurbished and new distribution bases will be opened.

The new jobs will consist of 400 at a depot in Grangemouth and 200 at a new centre in Falkirk.

Down south, 500 jobs will be created at a new distribution centre in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, and 100 at two new recycling sites in the north of England.

Asda spokesman David Gibbons said the company's distribution network would be "revolutionised".

He said technology from parent firm Wal-Mart meant products would be delivered to Asda's 260 stores more quickly and efficiently.

Asda, who employ 120,000 workers, said all cardboard and plastic waste from their stores would be recycled at their new northern sites.

Charlene O'Connor, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, said: "Asda is a major employer in the region and I am delighted it has decided to expand its operation here.

"The creation of 600 new jobs in Falkirk and Grangemouth is excellent news, not only for Forth Valley but Scotland as a whole and is indicative of the business benefits of being located in the area.

"We have a highly skilled workforce, excellent transport infrastructure and prime location in the heart of central Scotland."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:May 14, 2003
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