Warehouse staff and union officials were told by senior management on Friday that a final decision would be made early next year, based on the outcome of a feasibility study.In making their decision, the management say they will be taking into account the possible introduction of sales and payroll taxes, together with the high relative costs of operating in the islands compared to the limited market.
They say the moves are intended to keep Le Riche’s competitive against rivals which have significant UK connections.Le Riche’s, which is part of the CI Traders group, currently services its Checkers and Stampers stores in Jersey from a warehouse at Plat Douet Road.
It also has a warehouse in Guernsey.
If the plans go ahead, Channel Island goods will be warehoused from one single location on the south coast of England, with the loss of 29 jobs in Jersey and 19 in Guernsey.
Staff will be given the option of relocating to other Le Riche’s or CI Traders activities.