Hun­dreds of new jobs at ware­house

On­line gro­cery re­tailer sets up huge dis­tri­bu­tion hub

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

More than 200 new jobs will be cre­ated in Peter­bor­ough af­ter on-line gro­cery re­tailer Ocado an­nounced plans to open a dis­tri­bu­tion hub in Fen­gate.

Up to 250 jobs are to be cre­ated in Peter­bor­ough by on­line gro­cery re­tailer Ocado. Ocado is to be open a new dis­tri­bu­tion hub in unit 3 at the Dar­lows Business Cen­tre, White­head Drove, in Fen­gate.

Ocado, which dis­trib­utes for Mor­risons and Waitrose and re­ceives an av­er­age of 167,000 or­ders a week, has agreed a 15 years lease on a 48,000 sq ft ware­house for its op­er­a­tions in the east of Eng­land.

The unit was the for­mer home­ofCity Link which went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2015 with the loss of 50 jobs.

Cur­rently Ocado’s clos­est dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre for Peter­bor­oughandCam­bridgeshire is in Hat­field, nearly 65 miles away.

Its new hub is en­closed by con­crete hard­stand­ing for the stor­age of de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles, em­ployee park­ing and for HGV de­liv­er­ies.

An Ocado spokesper­son said: “We are very pleased to haveac­quiredthe­sitethatwill al­low usto­pro­vide cus­tomers with even bet­ter cus­tomer ser­vice through wider avail­abil­ity of de­liv­ery slots.

“The site went live yes­ter­day­with­the­first­de­liv­ery­vans leav­ing at 5.45am.

“We ex­pect the new site to even­tu­ally cre­ate around 250 jobs.”

Richard Jones, di­rec­tor at Barker Storey Matthews, which se­cured the deal, said: “Weare­de­light­ed­toan­nounce that Ocado will be join­ing the city of Peter­bor­ough. This is a fan­tas­tic piece of news for em­ploy­ment within the area.

“Ocado has been in­volved in an ex­ten­sive fit-out of the prop­erty.

“The on­line gro­cery mar­ket is grow­ing at an­in­cred­i­bly fast rate and this new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre will in­crease Ocado’s reach and ef­fi­ciency sig­nif­i­cantly.”

John Dadge, di­rec­tor of plan­ning at Barker Storey Matthews, said: “We would par­tic­u­larly like to praise Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment for the swift res­o­lu­tion of plan­ning mat­ters.

“There were a num­ber of is­sues that needed re­solv­ing at the last mo­ment and the coun­cil pulled out all of the stops to en­sure the deal was not de­layed.”

The cre­ation of the hub is more good em­ploy­ment news for Peter­bor­ough.

Fig­ures show the num­ber of Job­seeker’s Al­lowance claimants in Peter­bor­ough fell in Juneto1,415, down­from 1,500 in the pre­vi­ous month.

The newO­cado dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough.

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