MORE than 400 jobs are to be created in the North East at a warehouse distributing clothes for supermarket chain Asda.
The retailer and Leeds-based Clipper Logistics are investing around £15m in the warehouse for the George brand of clothing at Wynyard Park near Stockton.
It is estimated that between 400 and 500 people will be employed on the site once it becomes fully operational – scheduled for September next year – and many other jobs will be created during construction.
Coun Bob Cook, leader of Stockton Borough Council, said: “It is fantastic to see such significant investment from yet another major company, bringing with it hundreds of new jobs.
“Our borough has so much to offer businesses and we are working closely with our private-sector partners to raise its profile and attract new business development.
“Announcements such as this are supporting our vision for the ongoing regeneration of Stockton Borough and the wider Tees Valley.”
The development, one of the largest pre-let industrial deals in the North East for years, is a joint venture between British Airways Pension Trustees Limited and Sladen Estates Ltd.
Bosses at the 700-acre Wynyard business park are delighted to have secured the development after Clipper previously considered taking it to the Amazon Business Park in Newton Aycliffe, where Hitachi is building a train factory next year which will create around 600 jobs.