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John Lewis adds 1 million sq ft to Milton Keynes scheme

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The John Lewis Partnership has signed up for an extra 1 million sq ft of warehousing in Milton Keynes as it rapidly expands its online offer.

The deal with Tesco will see John Lewis take for Fenny Lock warehouse on a 11-year lease.

The depot adds to the 2 million sq ft of warehousing John Lewis already operate at nearby Magna Park, Milton Keynes.

The move will help the retailer meet growing customer demand for online orders. Since the start of the pandemic, online sales have grown from 40% to over 60% of John Lewis’s total sales. 

Andrew Murphy, Partner and Executive Director of Operations for the Partnership said: “We will invest in the site’s automation capability to support future growth and, over the next two years, we will recruit 500 new Partners to work at the distribution centre, which we plan to start operating during summer 2022. 

“We will use the Fenny Lock site to fulfill customer orders for fashion, small home furnishing items and technology products. The proximity to our Magna Park campus will enable us to combine more customer orders, reducing both the number of packages we create by approximately one million per year, and the number of lorries on the road, helping us to meet our target of being net zero carbon by 2035.”

In a separate deal, John Lewis has signed a three year lease agreement for a 30,000 sq ft distribution centre at Bardon, Leicestershire. The site will be operated by Clipper Logistics and will be operational in time for Black Friday.

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