A decision by Woolworths to automate its major distribution centres and shed around 700 jobs will not affect the South Coast, where the supermarket giant will open a new store and employ more staff.
Woolworths announced this week that three of the company's warehouses will be closed in the NSW suburbs of Minchinbury, Yennora and Mulgrave in 2025.
Currently there's about 1350 workers at those three centres - but less than half of those will be needed to run the new automated and semi-automated distribution centres which will be built at Moorebank in southwest Sydney.
A Woolworths spokesperson said it was partnering with Qube on two new state-of-the-art facilities in Moorebank Logistics Park, which will need 650 workers and create 1000 jobs during construction.
The spokesperson said the business was also expanding south of Sydney.
"There is no employment impact in the Wollongong/South Coast region as a consequence of our developments in Moorebank," he said.
"In the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW we employ more than 3300 team members.
"And we are excited to be welcoming an extra 50 team members with the new Bomaderry store opening in the coming months".
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