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Co-Op unveils £25m logistics centre

By: Chris Taylor
27 July 2011

The Co-Operative Group has unveiled a £25 million distribution centre in Lanarkshire that will serve hundreds of stores and also provide logistics work opportunities.

Logistics Manager reveals that the the multi-temperature centre in Newhouse has an interior of 503,000 sq ft and is within easy access of the M8 motorway near Glasgow. 

This makes the depot extremely well placed to access the main UK motorway network - where it will be expected to deliver to 618 stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Deliveries will be made using the fleet of 370 lorries and 140 forklift trucks.

The new depot is touted to be fully operational from September.

Commenting on the announcement, Peter Marks, group chief executive, told The Scotsman: "Newhouse is an excellent location to serve our stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland and is the latest major investment in our logistics network.

"Our new regional distribution centre is also a major investment in and commitment to the local community and will not only provide major employment locally but will also help further boost the local economy for many years to come."

Marks added that Newhouse is the latest phase in the ongoing development of Co-Op's nationwide logistics operations.

At the end of these new logistic links, the Co-Op "will have an efficient and modern logistics network that will reflect The Co-operative's position as one of the UK's big five food retailers," he added.

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