New Waitrose distribution centre will be size of 12 football pitches

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Waitrose is to open a state-of-the-art national distribution centre which will be open in Magna Park next summer.

They are currently in talks to transfer the operation at the nearby Kuehne+Nagel-run Celestia depot to the national distribution centre. TUPE is expected to apply and over the next few months consultation will begin with K+N employees at Celestia.

The NDC, which will be the size of twelve Premiership football pitches, will handle the distribution of around 25,000 nationally available grocery and Home department lines that can be found in Waitrose branches and on

David Jones, Waitrose Supply Chain Director, said: “The decision to open our first National Distribution Centre marks a pivotal moment in our supply chain history and reflects our phenomenal growth. Waitrose has outperformed the market for five years and we have ambitious plans to open 38 shops in 2014 and continue to expand our online platform.

“By simplifying our supply chain, we improve its resilience and greatly improve our ability to serve our branches now and in the future.”