Aldi reveals more about its jobs plans for Cutacre
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi has revealed more about its planned new north west headquarters on the former Cutacre open cast mine site.
Last month The Bolton News revealed that plans have been submitted to Bolton Council by developers Harworth Estates to build four million sq ft of distribution and manufacturing space on the site near Over Hulton — and Aldi is the first business to sign up.
The German store has revealed that their new headquarters and distribution centre in Cutacre will initially support a total of 400 jobs, 250 of which will be provided locally — with the remaining 150 provided in the 84 stores across the region that the centre will serve.
And the plan is for these figures to grow. A spokesman for Aldi said: “In the medium term, it is Aldi’s intention that the centre will grow to serve 134 stores within the region, supporting 450 jobs locally and a further 250 in stores across the region.”
This news has been welcomed by the regions business leaders, with Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce describing it as “a great show of confidence for Bolton”.
Christian Spence, head of business intelligence for the chamber said: “When new businesses move into an area it shows confidence in the local economy, which can then have an effect with more firms choosing to move there.
Mr Spence also revealed that the chamber’s most recent economic survey had shown a “general feeling of confidence in the service sector in Bolton”.
It is estimated that the entire plan for the site, which will be known as Logistics North, could generate 6,500 jobs.
And Tim Newns, the chief executive of MIDAS — Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency — has described the project as a “landmark development”.
He said: “It will help the region to realise its ambitions of attracting high-value logistics and manufacturing employers, creating highly sought-after new jobs and securing millions of pounds of new investment over the next 15 years.”
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