Plan for 1,000 jobs near motorway

A HUGE distribution depot employing nearly 1,000 people could be opened in area.

Co-op Group said last week it planned to open a depot close to the M1 and around the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border, but it has not yet picked an exact location.

The depot will employ 900 people and will replace Nottinghamshire’s two current depots in Bulwell and Alfreton.

Ian Smith, Co-op’s regional head of logistics, said: “We realise this is an unsettling time for staff at our existing depots, but the new one will be nearby and we hope as many of our staff as possible will transfer to the new site.”

The depot is due to open in 2012.