BOLTON logistics giant AO has opened its third distribution warehouse in four months creating 120 new jobs.

The new site is AO’s largest warehouse to date, adding over 275,000sq ft of distribution space to its portfolio with the premises at G-Park in Stoke-on-Trent.

AO has now acquired over half a million square ft of new warehousing space across Cheshire and Staffordshire as it looks to manage growing customer demand.

AO also said it is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for over 650 jobs across Staffordshire.

While the large site will be used primarily for distribution to AO’s 18 ‘local hub’ depots nationwide, there are plans for it to include a delivery depot to be closer to customers in the area.

AO Logistics managing director David Ashwell said:“Expanding our logistics network is a crucial step in our growth strategy, so we can continue to serve customers when they need us the most.

“We’ve really had to act quickly to adapt to an influx in customers following the Covid-19 lockdown.

“By actively securing more warehousing space and creating hundreds of new, quality jobs in the process, we’re working hard to invest in the future.”

“As a business, we’re proud to provide both an essential service for customers and a safe working environment for our people, with social distancing in place.

“Our team have continued to adapt to necessary changes and they are taking the swift expansion in their stride.

"With our latest distribution sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, we’ve now established a strong logistics hub in the North West.”