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John Lewis Retail has announced that it will close its Leith distribution depot on Bonnington Road Lane, saying it will relocate that side of its business at more modern premises in Glasgow. 78 members of staff may be affected.

Local MP, Deidre Brock, commented:- “This is a deeply disappointing decision which has come as a bolt out the blue to staff at the Leith depot, many of whom have worked there for decades. They deserve more for their loyalty than a P45.

“The Leith depot is a busy hub and it seems daft to me to send trucks from Glasgow to deliver in Edinburgh when we’ve a perfectly good set-up here.

“I’ve asked John Lewis for more information on these proposals and stand ready to help where I can.”