John Lewis is to open a 108,000 sq ft distribution centre in west London to cater for its home delivery of furniture and large electrical products.
The retailer has signed a 25-year lease for the site at the SEGRO Origin scheme in Park Royal. Subject to planning approval, construction on the built to suit site will begin in Spring 2015, and form the second phase of the 22-acre scheme.
Mark Robinson, director of customer delivery operations at John Lewis, said: “The new facility will allow our business to service customers across West London in the most efficient way possible. The site will deliver products to customer homes across the capital, mainly furniture and large electrical items alongside the wide range of technical installation services we offer.”
Greengrocer Mash Purveyors took up a 15-year lease on the site, letting 53,000 sq ft from SEGRO of a speculatively built facility. There is a remaining 36,650 sq ft of available space from 150,000 sq ft initially offered in phase 1. In total 99,560 sq ft remains available across a range of units, marketed on a pre-let basis.
Alan Holland, business unit director for SEGRO Greater London, said: “The meteoric rise of e-commerce and customer demand in and around population hubs like London is driving up the demand for quality industrial property from which companies, like John Lewis and Mash Purveyors, can efficiently distribute their goods and meet the needs of their customers.”
Letting agents at Origin are CBRE, Dohertybaines and JLL. John Lewis was advised by Cushman & Wakefield.