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Waitrose furthers expansion in Milton Keynes

By: David Howells
04 February 2011

A new distribution centre for Waitrose's grocery operation has been secured in Milton Keynes.

The supermarket giant has signed a five year lease at the 318,526 sq ft Celestia building in Snelshall West, which already houses Suzuki, Cadbury Schweppes and Delico.

The site, run by German fund Garbe, has been vacant for nearly 20 months. Despite this new addition, Waitrose has confirmed that they will continue to use their site at nearby Brinklow, but now it will concentrate solely on fresh foods.

It is good news for those in logistics work, with the new site expected to provide increased jobs in logistics, delivering Waitrose produce across the UK.  

Waitrose supply chain director David Jones told Logistics Manager, "The new site means that our supply chain will be well placed to cope with our rapid expansion over the next few years. We will be expanding our capacity for fresh foods providing a platform for us to grow this area of business in the future."

Colliers International, who represented Waitrose in the bid, told Logistics Manager "we are delighted to have been able to work with Waitrose on acquiring its new distribution centre in Milton Keynes, to further support our client's expansion plans."

The deal for rental of the site was secured at a stepped rate, rising to £5.95 per square foot over five years.

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