John Lewis celebrated work beginning on its third national distribution centre in Magna Park, Milton Keynes, at a ceremony today.
The retail giant has signed a 25-year lease on the 638,000 sq feet warehouse.
The distribution centre will support the retailer’s existing distribution centre (DC) at Magna Park which opened in 2009, and the adjacent Magna Park 2, which will be fully operational in 2016.
The move is part of the omnichannel retailer’s plans for improvements in productivity, availability and customer service as well as supporting its expansion plans.
Recognising shopping habits are changing and with omnichannel giving shoppers more choices than ever before, the retailer is strengthening its distribution network to ensure it continues to deliver a coordinated and convenient shopping experience to its customers.
The new DC will be responsible for large furniture and electricals and home furnishings, while Magna Park one and two, will be responsible for handling smaller products such as iPads and accessories and hanging garments respectively.
Dino Rocos, Operations Director at John Lewis, said: ‘As customers shopping habits evolve so too does our operational business model.
“Our new Milton Keynes DC will complement our two Magna Park sites and provide us with the space to continue to build on the improvements we have made in providing better service to our shops and customers.
“This is another key investment for us in the Milton Keynes area and what better way to mark the occasion than by bringing key stakeholders from the local community together.”