Big W DC is ‘here to stay’
RUMOURS that the Big W Distribution Centre will close in two years have been quashed by manager Stephen Gray.
Various sources had contacted the Daily News in recent days saying a 20-year lease of the site would be up by the end of 2016.
"It's not true at all, our lease doesn't end for some time yet," Mr Gray said.
These rumours come two years after there was fear in the community the site would close after a depot in Sydney was established.
In 2011, a spokesman from Woolworths Ltd told the Daily News all permanent employees' jobs and hours were secure.
The spokesman said both centres were operating at capacity, which was the reason another centre was built in Sydney's Horsley Park in 2011.
"As business grows we simply needed more capacity," the spokesman said.
"Warwick will remain an important part of the Big W network into the future.
"The new distribution centre in Sydney is necessary to service the growing number of Big W stores nationally, the latest of which opened last week.
"Warwick is a very well run distribution centre and it will remain a key part of the company, serving stores across the country."
Southern Downs Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley said he had heard the rumour but believed there was "no substance" and said he couldn't comment further.
Southern Downs Regional Council Planning and Development manager Cecil Barnard said he was concerned.
"I will be touching base with Big W DC in the new year," he said.
"We will find out what's going on and if it's true find out what we can do to keep them in the town.
"They are very important to Warwick and the Southern Downs."
Big W DC is one of the biggest employers in Warwick with over 200 staff and a close working relationship with Wickham Freight Lines.