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House of Fraser warehouse to close in Wellingborough

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Image caption XPO Logistics delivered goods to House of Fraser stores and to the chain's online customers

About 300 jobs will be lost when a warehouse that supplies deliveries to House of Fraser's stores and customers closes.

Workers have been told that the site in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, will shut on 10 April, a union has said.

The Usdaw union said the announcement ended "months of uncertainty for staff, who are understandably upset by the proposed closure".

XPO Logistics, which operates the site, has not commented.

The firm also closed another warehouse in Milton Keynes in November with the loss of more than 300 jobs, according to the GMB union which represents some workers there.

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Image caption The site on the Park Farm Industrial Estate in Wellingborough is due to close on 11 April

In August, it emerged more than 600 jobs were under threat as XPO was owed £30.4m by the troubled shopping chain, according to its administrator.

House of Fraser, which has more than 50 stores across the UK, was bought by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct just hours after it went into administration.

Dave Thom, Usdaw's area organiser, said staff it represented in Wellingborough were "understandably upset".

"There were clearly doubts over the future of XPO's involvement in House of Fraser, following its sale to Sports Direct," he added.

He said Usdaw was "entering into consultation talks with the company to secure the best possible deal for our members".

"We are also speaking to local employers, who recognise Usdaw, to see if they have employment opportunities for any XPO staff who lose their jobs."

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Image caption The XPO Logistics site in Milton Keynes is available for rent after the company closed it in November

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