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Next puts 780 jobs at risk with Bradford warehouse closure

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Next is set to close its Bradford warehouse, putting 780 jobs on the line as it streamlines returns processing.

The clothing retailer has started a consultation period with those impacted by the Toftshaw Lane site closure.

This decision, called "necessary" by Next, is driven by its plan to relocate its operations to a new online fulfilment facility in South Elmsall, South Yorkshire.

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Next says it aims to facilitate the transfer of affected staff to other sites.

It includes depots in Doncaster, Wath-Upon-Dearne, and the upcoming South Elmsall warehouse. 

The company acknowledges that some employees may be unable to relocate, leading to inevitable redundancies.

Next said this consolidation will bolster customer service by improving stock availability and streamlining the returns process. 

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The retail giant said  the Toftshaw Lane warehouse required “significant maintenance and investment over the coming years.”

It includes replacing the entire roof, which would require the site to close.

The closure is expected between August and September of the following year.

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