Homebase has extended its contract with Unipart for 12 years after a review of its distribution strategy concluded that it needed a longer term relationship with a partner to supp[ort its growth plans .
The contract will run until 2022 and will provide for 430,000 sq ft of warehousing space at Unipart’s Cowley distribution centre. Over the next 12 months there will be a £2.2 million investment to further develop the site and increase its distribution capacity.
Unipart has been working with Homebase since 2003, and created an import centre and warehousing facility for Homebase at its Cowley site in 2005. The centre processes imported products and provides warehousing and distribution services for a wide range of Homebase products to stores across the UK.
Ian Jones, Homebase’s director of retail and distribution operations, said: “Contracts in the retail sector generally run for three to five years, but when reviewing our distribution strategy we decided we needed a longer term relationship with a partner that would work closely with us to support our strategic growth plans.”