PD Ports and Tesco have announced plans to bring 800 new jobs to Teesside, through the development of a state-of-the-art import centre.
Announcing the plans, Tesco corporate affairs manager Juliette Bishop said: ‘We are delighted to announce the development of our first purpose built import storage facility at Teesport in the North East of England. This will be part of what will be a very exciting project for Teesside. The import centre will create 800 jobs for local people and we hope it will help to attract other investment to the area.’
The new 110,562 sq m high bay import centre will be located on brownfield land which is currently undeveloped within PD Ports’ Tees Dock estate, beside the future Northern Gateway Container Terminal.
Bishop continued; ‘At Tesco, we regularly review our distribution network to ensure we can deliver the very best service to stores and our customers. Our non-food business is expanding each year with a significant proportion of our hard-lines stock, such as electrical goods, imported from the Far East and this requires the levels of stock that we need to hold to be higher than for other areas of our business.
We need to increase our storage capacity to deal with the increased levels of imported containerised goods and building a storage facility at the port removes the need to move stock from the port where it is imported, to a storage facility inland. As well as reducing the double handling of imported stock, this will help to reduce the road miles that products travel, which is better for the environment.’
Tesco will start construction of the import centre this summer and hopes to operate from the site towards the autumn of 2009.