Whole Foods Market Announces Closure of Distribution Depot and Two London Stores, But Remains Committed to UK Expansion Plans

Whole Foods Market Announces Closure of Distribution Depot and Two London Stores, But Remains Committed to UK Expansion Plans

Whole Foods Market, a high-end grocery store chain owned by e-commerce giant Amazon, has announced plans to close its distribution depot located on Sandpit Road in Dartford. This closure is in addition to the closure of two central London stores.

A representative for Whole Foods Market confirmed that the company is winding down operations at its Dartford distribution centre, which specializes in organic and plant-based products. However, despite these closures and potential job losses, the company is still focused on expanding its presence in the UK.

In a statement, the company’s spokesperson said, “The proposed changes to our UK operations will allow us to invest in enhancing the customer and team member experience as we continue to grow and serve more customers and communities in the UK.” They also mentioned that the company is actively looking for new locations and will be opening a new store on Chelsea’s King’s Road next year.

The spokesperson also reassured that the company will follow the statutory consultation process with employees whose roles are affected by the closures. They also stated that they will work to minimize the impact on staff by exploring alternate employment opportunities within the company. However, no final decisions have been made at this time.

Jade Hoai, director of purchasing and distribution, emphasized that the company is constantly reviewing its offerings to ensure the best possible experience for customers. They also want to maintain their reputation as a trusted location for shoppers to do their weekly shopping, with all products meeting rigorous quality standards. Hoai also mentioned that their products will be competitively priced with major retailers, allowing customers to shop for their favorite household brands while still getting high-quality products at a great value.

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