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Waitrose NDC on course for build record

Waitrose supply chain director David Jones said that the new site marks a another step in Waitroses transition from its regional roots to a full national retail network.

The opening of its DC at Leyland last autumn has made it easier for the retailer to serve stores in the north and it now has a number of stores in Scotland.

Waitrose has grown from 195 stores five years ago to 319 today and the Milton Keynes facility will support its future growth. The site will employ between 1,000 and 1,200 people.

The facility will handle ambient goods some 25,000 different lines. These are currently held in warehouses all around the country it means that goods destined to be sold in Scotland could be held in a warehouse in Kent.

The existing temperature controlled operation at Brinklow is not affected by the new development.

The NDC will also play a role in the development of Waitroses home delivery operations. Jones said it was currently looking at some measure of automation for the site though no decisions have been finalised yet.

The building is next door to the 1.3 million sq ft facility operated by sister company John Lewis. The two retailers already co-operate on online retail. Goods ordered online from John Lewis can be collected from Waitrose stores.

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