Online retailer Shop Direct will close three distribution sites in Greater Manchester, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk.
The three sites which will close will be in Shaw, Little Hulton and Chadderton, as the group, which ownsLittlewoods.com and Very.co.uk, admitted that redundancies were ‘likely’.
Elsewhere, Shop Direct also announced plans to build a warehouse in the East Midlands which will employ 500 people.
When asked about the closures, Derek Harding, Shop Direct interim chief executive, said it was a “tough day for the business”.
He added: “These proposals are necessary for our future and to enable us to continue to grow and meet rising customer expectations.”
The centres will close from mid-2020 onwards and start operating in the East Midlands in 2021.
Earlier this year, the firm posted that online sales had been doing well and that the firm had seen a sales rise for the sixth consecutive time over the festive period, with sales climbing 5.6% last year to £1.93 billion.
Headquartered in Liverpool, Shop Direct is one of the UK’s biggest online retailers and traces its roots to a variety of mail order companies in Northern England.