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Travis Perkins Confirms Closure of Cardiff Branch

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Travis Perkins has confirmed it is to close one of its Cardiff branches.

Over 100 people are employed at the site which is located on Queen Alexandra Dock, but Travis Perkins would not confirm how many job losses there would be as a result of the closure.

A spokesman told WalesOnline: "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."

A member of staff spoke with WalesOnline about the planned closure: "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. I'm upset because I don't know what I'm going to do next.

"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."

Source : Insight DIY Team

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12 September 2019

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