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Co-op closing frozen food plant in Halesowen

A frozen food distribution centre in the West Midlands is to close next year with the possible loss of 250 jobs.

The Co-operative Group said its depot in Amber Way, Halesowen, will shut in June 2012.

Deliveries will be transferred to regional centres on Merseyside and in Hampshire.

A Co-op spokesman said efforts would be made to redeploy staff to other nearer depots, but it was likely there would be redundancies.

Mark Leonard, head of logistics for the Co-op, said the decision was made after its acquisition of Somerfield last year.

"The acquisition of Somerfield meant we had to thoroughly review our distribution network nationwide, so we could continue to provide our enlarged store estate with an excellent service," he said.

"This in no way reflects the commitment and hard work of staff at Halesowen, whose performance has been exemplary."

The Co-op has also announced it is shutting a depot in Norfolk, with the possible loss of 90 jobs.

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