WADWORTH announced today it is to close its wine and spirits warehouse in Devizes and a number of people now face redundancy.

Chief executive officer Chris Welham said: "These changes enable us to further put all of our energy into our core pub and beer business. "Our recent partnership with a single wine and spirit supplier means we no longer source wines and spirits from many different suppliers.

"Our wines and spirits can now be delivered directly to KNDL’s central distribution centre in Thatcham which will not only reduce our carbon footprint but improve our efficiency of operations.”

The restructure follows a decision by the firm to concentrate on its brewing and pub operations. Earlier this month the Edwin Giddings office licence in Devizes closed and the brewery has also applied for planning permission to demolish the Cavalier Pub in Eastleigh Road and to build houses.

A company spokesman said: "The change will result in its wine and spirits warehouse closing, reducing its haulage by at least 15,000 miles per year. A new customer service team is also being created to serve its own pub customers with a one stop shop for all enquiries.
A number of roles are subject to a TUPE transfer or are at risk of redundancy. Consultations are taking place with those affected by this change."

If you are affected by these changes email jmoore3@gazetteandherald.co.uk