SPAR retailer and national food distributor A F Blakemore & Son Ltd is recruiting around 220 people for its new Bedford distribution centre.
The family-owned business is due to open its 164,850 sq ft purpose-built multi-temperature distribution facility on Manton Lane in 2021.
The company is currently recruiting a deputy general manager, LGV Class 1 drivers and Class 2 drivers. Training opportunities funded by the company will be available to Class 2 drivers who are interested in training to become Class 1 drivers after a qualifying period.
In January, the business will then embark on the next stage of its recruitment drive to fill roles within its distribution centre. These will include warehouse operatives, forklift truck drivers, hygienists and roles in administration and management.
With the Manton Lane depot set to operate a 24-hour operation, the new jobs will include both day and night shift positions and full-time and part-time opportunities.
A F Blakemore offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes a company pension scheme, life cover, staff discount, long service awards, cycle-to-work scheme, savings scheme and employee volunteering opportunities. The new depot will also offer free parking and an on-site gym.
Liz Blakemore, A F Blakemore HR business partner, said: “We are excited to be able to offer new job opportunities in the Bedford area and are committed to developing our workforce and creating careers for local people.”
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