John Lewis has announced it will open a second distribution centre in Milton Keynes – creating 450 new jobs.
The retailer has signed a 30 year lease on the new site, which is adjacent to John Lewis’s existing site at Magna Park.
Subject to consultation, operations will be relocated from its current site at Park Royal in north London and will fulfil orders both from the retailer’s online business and to its 39 shops around the UK.
Up to 560 jobs from Park Royal will be impacted, while 200 new jobs will be created at a new smaller delivery hub in London, as well as the 450 jobs in Milton Keynes.
The opening follows John Lewis’s first distribution centre at Magna Park, which opened in 2009.
Operations Director Dino Rocos said: “We are constantly striving to improve the service that we offer to our customers.
“For the supply chain this means improving availability. Magna Park gives us the space we need and allows us to continue to build on the improvements we have made in providing better service to our shops and customers at a lower cost.
“We recognise the high level of talent and valuable experience that currently exists within Park Royal and, if we proceed with the proposal to close Park Royal, we hope that as many Partners as possible will be able to continue to contribute to the business in a new role.”
The centres automation equipment will deliver the capability to issue stock cost effectively little and often, based on demand. It will also allow John Lewis to fulfil more items direct to customers from its central centres, with the aim of improving customer service.
The new, multi-million pound centre will occupy 675,000 sq feet and provide modern and flexible warehouse space. The development will also include an extensive range of eco-friendly enhancements, including LED Lighting and Solar Thermal Water Heating, ensuring BREAAM Excellent certification.