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Amazon Business Park to take on Asda, among others

By: David Howells
27 April 2011

Asda looks set to close the deal on its acquisition of a 350,000 square foot distribution centre for its George clothing range.

The £10 million centre will be located at the Amazon Business Park in Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, which is owned by Newcastle-based developers Merchant Place Developments.

Asda's announcement will follow that of Hitachi Rail Europe which recently secured a 450,000 square foot plot in the same development to assemble and build its vehicles. The two developments are not the only ones potentially in the pipeline, with MPD director Geoff Hunton telling Logistics Manager that, "other deals for a further 350,000 sq ft are well advanced." Leeds based Clipper Logistics is rumoured to be the other business looking for space on the business park.

Around 300 driving jobs could be created in the area from Asda's acquisition alone, a number which could rise to the thousands when considering the other additions to the site.

Whilst MPD spokespeople are remaining candid over specifics, PD Ports, which is attempting to elevate Teesport's position as a port-centric logistics hub told nebusiness.co.uk, "There was some speculation in the press within the last month that Asda were about to sign a deal to take a warehouse in Newton Aycliffe for Asda George."

"If this materialises, is should mean additional port-centric container volume through Teesport."

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