Wholesale firm hope to prevent job losses

Musgrave, Lurgan. INLM03-207.
Musgrave, Lurgan. INLM03-207.

A retail firm with a base in Lurgan are working to avoid any redundancies from their William Street warehouse.

It had initially been feared seven jobs would be lost from Musgrave Wholesale Partners with a further five staff members set for redeployment.

However the cash and carry firm have now said it hoped no one from its Lurgan outlet would be out of a job.

The news isn’t so good for staff in Enniskillen where 16 jobs are set to go.

It comes as the Musgrave Retail Group have decided to relocate the delivery end of the business to their Belfast outlet. The warehouse in Lurgan will now be ‘pick up’ only.

A statement from the company read: “Musgrave Wholesale Partners last week announced the consolidation of its MarketPlace brand in Northern Ireland. This has included an investment in a warehouse management system with Voicepick technology in its Marketplace Duncrue site in Belfast.

“The company will now transfer its delivered operation from its Lurgan and Enniskillen cash and carry outlets to its site in MarketPlace, Duncrue.

“Musgrave Wholesale Partners believes that consolidating its network will provide customers with a wider range of products and a much more effective and efficient delivery service, operated from its state-of-the-art Duncrue site.

“The Lurgan outlet will remain open for all of its collect customers. This will hopefully result in no job losses as five colleagues will be redeployed to a similar role within the business in Lurgan and seven colleagues should hopefully be transferred to the MarketPlace Duncrue, Belfast site.

“Regrettably, the Enniskillen site will close at the end of February resulting in 16 jobs at risk of redundancy.

“Musgrave Wholesale Partners is doing everything it can to minimise the impact of the closure and it is also putting in place an extensive outplacement support programme for all impacted employees, as they seek alternative employment.”

SDLP Councillor Joe Nelson said: “I will be calling on the Department of Employment and Learning and Craigavon Council to offer any support and assistance to the employees affected through this difficult time.”