Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Furniture retailer picks Kingston shed

One of the UK’s top designer and distributors of fine furniture is preparing to relocate two-thirds of its workforce into 545,000 sq ft of new industrial space at ProLogis’ Kingston Park in Peterborough.

Willis & Gambier will move from Saffron Walden in Essex as the Essex firm prepares for major UK and European expansion.

The furniture retailer will use the relocation to consolidate operations that currently span five warehouses across three sites in Essex into a single larger facility, which will serve as its nationwide distribution centre for various lines of its bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture.

Willis & Gambier employs around 150 people in the UK – more in Malaysia, China and Brazil – 100 of which are warehouse based positions which will all be relocated to Peterborough.

The 15-year lease on the property commences in March and staff relocation is expected to complete by the end of May.

Willis & Gambier has leased 100 per cent of the inventory facility, itself part of a 1.45 million sq ft master-planned industrial park being developed in Peterborough.