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Ocado acquires plot for new DC in Wimbledon

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Online grocery retailer Ocado has completed the purchase of a new site to develop in Wimbledon, with the help of law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Sitting at almost 40,000 sq ft the centre will provide a distribution solution for London and the south east of England, increase the company’s delivery abilities in this area.

The new deal follows a similar one late last year at a site in Avonmouth, Bristol that will enable the company to expand its operation to the South West.

Michael Scott, a partner in Shepherd and Wedderburn’s, said: “Ocado’s expansion is fuelled by their determination to do things differently.

“As the business grows, further opportunities present themselves, and we are committed to helping Ocado develop these to the full.”

Quarter four was a busy period for the e-tailer with rumours of a Morrison’s takeover and the company making its first profits around six months after its IPO.

The new site is expected to create up to 190 new jobs with the centre processing over 14,000 grocery orders a week.

Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado, said: “The new Wimbledon distribution spoke site will not only help us grow our customer base in south London but will free capacity at the existing Ocado sites in Weybridge and Dartford and enable them to grow further too.

“We are pleased to be extending our service in London and creating more local jobs. We remain as focused as ever on improving the customer offer, and delivering both service satisfaction and strong growth.”

Published on Friday 25 February by Editorial Assistant

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