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Jobs loss fears as building yard is set to close.

Byline: aamir mohammed Reporter aamir.mohammed@walesonline.co.uk

A TRAVIS PERKINS merchant's depot in Cardiff is to close - leaving staff fearing more than 100 job losses.

Sources say more than 105 people are employed at the affected warehouse on Queen Alexandra Dock, not including contractors, cleaners and other staff.

The company, which operates several sites in Cardiff, said that it was too early to say how many jobs would be lost.

One member of staff who did not want to be named, said: "We were told on Friday by a letter and it was really sad. There've been rumours for a while that this had been coming because there was less and less stock being ordered.

"We didn't think this would actually happen and now we are gutted. The morale among the workers is really low and everyone is just upset.

"It's going to cause major difficulty for myself and the others as there are many workers with young families."

The staff member says he hasn't had any support yet from other managers or HR departments.

He says managers are set to hold consultations with staff and then they will be given between 30 days and three months before they lose their jobs.

He added: "I have only been there a few years and the site hasn't been open long as it is. They spent a lot of money doing it up so we didn't expect for this to happen."

Travis Perkins confirmed the warehouse in Cardiff is set to close but weren't able to confirm the number of employees that would be affected.

A spokesman, said: "I can confirm that after careful consideration, we have announced our intention to close our Cardiff Range Centre; a facility that holds heavyside building materials stock and timber for our branches in this area.

"This is in line with our strategy to simplify our business and provide customers with the best possible service, and follows a recent trend for improved capability amongst our suppliers to source products more quickly, and to deliver these directly to our branches or our customers' building sites.

"As a result, our branches are now better positioned to meet customers' demands themselves, without the need for a Range Centre, which means this type of facility is no longer part of our plans going forward.

"We have entered into a period of consultation with those employees who could be affected by these changes, and will make every effort to redeploy colleagues where possible.

"Until we conclude the consultation process in November we will not be in a position to comment on final numbers, and our priority at this time is to support our colleagues."

The Travis Perkins depot on Queen Alexandra Dock, Cardiff, is to close

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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