Robert Wiseman is to hire up to 300 new staff when it opens a new distribution centre in November but could lay off others.

The new £15m facility in Amesbury, Wiltshire, will serve customers in London and southern England. Its opening will spark operational reviews at facilities in Bristol, Bridgwater and Okehampton, the latter of which could be cut to a single-shift operation.

"Each of our facilities must match our overall operational requirements going forward," commented Wiseman group operations director Martyn Mulcahy.