Brakes is to shut a fourth Woodward Foodservice depot and may close two more.

The Inverness depot will close within weeks and the company is consulting on the future of its two Birmingham depots -Darlaston, which employs 80 staff, and Zenith, which employs 20.

The announcements follow the closure of depots in Aberdeen, Barnsley and Durham. If all three depots close, it would leave only two of the eight depots run by Woodward when it was bought by Brakes in June.

“There are about 20 employees at Inverness and most of those will be transferring to another group site,” said Ian Goldsmith, Brakes’ strategy director.

There were no plans to close the two Woodward depots in north Wales and Glasgow, he added.

Brakes bought loss-making Woodward for an estimated £20m, splitting it from DBC Foodservice.

Despite the foodservice sector being squeezed as consumers eat and drink out less, Goldsmith insisted Woodward is “performing well” and would continue to be run as a separate company.

Brakes CEO Frank McKay said the acquisition had added £70m to its turnover and Woodward would make a profit in 2009.

Brakes is cutting about 200 jobs as part of an on-going efficiency drive.