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Tesco creates 800 Teesside jobs

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Tesco announced it was creating 10,000 jobs in January

Tesco is creating over 800 jobs at its first purpose-built distribution centre in Middlesbrough.

The £130m Teesport facility, which opens in August, will replace Tesco's existing non-food distribution centre in Coventry.

Tesco will advertise the positions at the new 910,000 sq ft warehouse through Jobcentre Plus.

The jobs form part of the 10,000 positions the company announced it was creating in January.

'Environmental benefits'

Tesco UK Retail Operations Director David Potts says the new facility is good news for both the local economy and the local environment.

"The benefits of Teesport are twofold and cannot be underestimated in the current climate."

"As well as creating over 800 jobs, it also delivers major environmental benefits through development on brownfield land."

Tesco says that because goods will no longer need to be transported to its inland distribution centre in Coventry more than 12,000 lorry journeys will be taken off Britain's roads every year.

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