Waitrose is to move out of the Bardon distribution centre in Leicestershire which is operated by Kuehne + Nagel.
A Waitrose spokesperson said: “We have been building capacity in our supply chain across the country in recent times to meet the needs of our growing branch network.
“We’ve added space in our distribution centre in Aylesford in Kent, a new chilled warehouse in Bracknell, Berkshire and increased fresh food capacity at Brinklow distribution centre in Milton Keynes. We’ve also opened the new Celestia non-food facility in Milton Keynes.
“As part of this development we have taken the decision not to renew our contract with Kuehne + Nagel at the Bardon regional distribution centre in Leicestershire.”
“The end date on our original contract is 31 May 2013, but this will be extended to 1 September 2013.”
Waitrose has worked with Kuehne + Nagel for many years and in 2011 acquired the 318,000 sq ft Celestia building at Milton Keynes for its non-food operations.
The spokesperson said: “Our relationship with Kuehne + Nagel – a valued and established supplier – continues at a number of other distribution sites namely Theale in Berkshire and Celestia and Brinklow in Milton Keynes.”