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Around 180 jobs set to go at Marks & Spencer Northern Ireland warehouse

Around 180 jobs are now at risk as supermarket giant Marks & Spencer is set to close its distribution centre in Northern Ireland.

The Hydepark centre at Mallusk in Newtownabbey is currently being run by hauliers DHL.

The retailer has said the decision to restructure its distribution network was down to the company "becoming a more efficient, international, multi-channel retailer".

"As a result we have to reorganise our supply network and, as part of that work, we have made a proposal today to cease the warehouse operation at the Hydepark distribution centre," a spokesman said.

"The cross docking and re-pricing operations are not affected. We will now work closely with the operator, DHL, its employees and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the site.

"We understand that it will be an unsettling time for all involved and will do all we can to offer support throughout the process."

DUP MLA Trevor Clarke said that the loss would be "devastating news to employees and will be a blow to the local economy".

"I am disappointed at the announcement today by Marks & Spencer to relocate their distribution centres to England and Scotland.

"This news will have come as a shock to employees and they are now facing the uncertainty of not knowing if they will still have a job by the end of the year.

"Of course the loss of jobs will also have an effect on the local economy and wider area and this is regrettable."

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