Staff located at Andover’s online supermarket Ocado site are at risk of a mass redundancy.

Out of 850 staff employed at the Andover warehouse, 400 are at risk of being made redundant.

Ocado is attempting to minimise the redundancies, mitigating their impact.

Daniel Adams, Usdaw National Officer says: “Clearly the staff are devastated by this development, particularly as they have spent the last 3 months helping to keep the business going after a fire gutted the Andover site.

“The company tell us that they have been trying to find a suitable alternative site in the Andover area, without success, and they now face a 2-year rebuild to replace the burnt-out facility, so they are proposing to place a significant number of the customer fulfilment centre staff at risk of redundancy.”

An Ocado company spokesperson told Andover and Villages: “In light of the fact that the rebuild of Andover CFC will take at least 2 years to complete, it is with immense regret that we have commenced a formal consultation process.

We would like to thank all of our colleagues for their hard work and we will provide them with all the support we can during this process.  We are committed to rebuilding and restoring our operations in Andover and sincerely hope that we are able to welcome any affected colleagues back to Ocado in the future.”