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Amazon to open Essex warehouse

Amazon to open Essex warehouse

Amazon is to open a new 550,000 sq ft Tilbury fulfilment centre.

The move comes just days after the online retailer announced a 1m sq ft fulfilment centre at Doncaster’s iPort.

The latest move is to support its Marketplace third-party sellers. It will have a total internal floor area of more than 2m sq ft, and will be equipped with advanced robotics technology.

The 70-acre London Distribution Park is next to the Port of Tilbury, and has been promoted by the port, part of the Forth Ports group, and developer Roxhill.

Late last week Amazon confirmed it would be opening a fulfilment centre at Verdion’s 337-acre iPort scheme at Rossington, near Doncaster.

Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports said: “This is great news for the port and for the Thurrock area. We are delighted that Amazon will be based at London Distribution Park (LDP). By basing itself at London’s major port, Amazon will save time and money and capitalise on our prime south east location and our excellent, well established logistical connections to the UK market.”

Jason Dalby, Managing Director at Roxhill Developments, said: “This is excellent news for LDP. The strategic location adjacent to the port of Tilbury is a major asset for businesses and we welcome Amazon to the development. LDP is currently the largest ready to go industrial development site closest to the M25 on the market.

"We have already secured Amazon and Travis Perkins and we continue to see an increase in the number of businesses looking for distribution centres located in or near a busy port.”

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