Online grocer Ocado is to open a distribution depot at Stanford-in-the-Vale which lies halfway between Oxford and Swindon – its third new regional distribution site this year.
It has acquired a 43,000 sq ft on a 2.3-acre site on the White Horse Business Park which will be used as a regional spoke to distribute 10,000 orders per week, using 65 vans at peak capacity.
The new facility will create up to 170 new jobs in the White Horse site, and follows recent acquisitions in the south of the country, in Bristol, Wimbledon and Welwyn.
Ian Starling, head of delivery service projects at Ocado, said: “The Oxfordshire spoke will be Ocado’s third new regional distribution site this year when it opens in November. We are committed to growing, creating jobs, and delivering top-draw service to more and more customers.”
Ocado were advised by Colliers International and the site has been acquired on an effective freehold basis – a long-leasehold with the option to acquire the freehold for a nominal sum.