The UK’s fourth largest food retailer Morrisons is set to open a 20,000 sq ft distribution centre located on Academy Business Park in Knowsley, owned by South Manchester landlord Orbit Developments.
Morrisons have taken a 15 year lease and are set to open in November this year. When fully operational, Morrisons plan to create circa 200 jobs with around 54 vans servicing the Merseyside and North Wales area.
The chain has well over 500 stores in its portfolio with plans for expansion across the UK underway. The announcement will be a big boost for not only the business park but the surrounding areas and the local community.
The requirement for this distribution hub is a direct result of the launch of Morrisons online services which were launched at the start of the year after a surge in demand for fast moving consumer goods. The distribution centre will service the Northwest and North Wales with other distribution centres in Manchester, Birmingham, Warwickshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and London already up and running. Ocado will operate as the delivery arm for the Morrisons brand.
Tony Jones, Managing Director of Orbit Developments commented: “We are delighted to see that Morrisons have chosen to open their Merseyside distribution centre at Academy Business Park, which is part of Knowsley Industrial & Business Park. This will now lead to the redevelopment of the business park at Knowsley which will see a speculative new build of 100,000 sq ft distribution unit. The scheme will eventually consist of 260,000 sq ft of new build industrial units”.
He went onto say: “Knowsley council representatives have been instrumental in making this happen”.