Last-ditch attempt to find Capel Hendre warehouse buyer

South Wales Guardian: RESCUE PLEA: MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas with Dewhirst Logistics Director David Hart, Operations Manager David Williams and local county councillor Alun Davies. RESCUE PLEA: MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas with Dewhirst Logistics Director David Hart, Operations Manager David Williams and local county councillor Alun Davies.

CARMARTHENSHIRE’S politicians have urged the county council and Welsh government to join forces in a bid to save morethan 100 jobs at a troubled Capel Hendre warehouse.

Bosses at the Dewhirst warehouse last week began a 90-day consultation period with the firm’s 114 staff regarding redundancies and closure.

However, Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas have called on the Welsh government and the local authority to use their combined resources to promote the facility to potential buyers.

The custom-built warehouse was opened in 1997 as a holding depot for Marks and Spencer with the potential to house 2.5 million garments, but following the High Street giant’s restructuring of its distribution network, the future appeared bleak.

“The warehouse is ideal for new and emerging companies, especially online companies looking to store clothing in a specialist warehouse,” said Mr Edwards and Mr Thomas in a joint statement.

“The company needs the assistance of the Welsh government and the local authority’s business department to help promote the facility.”

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