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Waitrose to open huge national distribution centre in Milton Keynes

First national distribution centre for the retailer will be size of 12 football pitches

Waitrose is to open a state-of-the-art national distribution centre to be developed by Gazeley at its Magna Park development in Milton Keynes in Summer 2015.

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 Waitrose.com.

The NDC will deliver the national lines via Waitrose’s four regional distribution centres. It also simplifies the supply chain and improves the efficiency of handling nationally available lines that have historically had to be sent between RDCs, the firm said. "This enables more sustainable growth."

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.’

The retailer is in talks to transfer the operation at the nearby Celestia depot run by Kuehne+Nagel, which services Waitrose, to the national distribution centre.

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