Ultra fast German grocery delivery company Gorillas has taken a five-year lease on a unit at SEGRO Park Deptford in south east London.
It is the latest in a plethora of app-based grocery delivery companies to have set up in London in the past year following Dija and Weezy.
Gorillas will employ around eight people at the 3,500 ft2 unit, which will be used as a micro fulfilment centre. It will enable Gorillas to deliver orders to their customers’ doorsteps in as little as 10 minutes.
Alan Holland, Managing Director, Greater London at SEGRO, said: “The emergence of rapid grocery delivery services is just the latest in a long line of e-commerce disruptors within the retail sector. More than ever the growth and success of these q-commerce ecosystems will rely on modern and well-positioned hubs so that they can offer the fastest and most convenient service to their customers.
“It is great to welcome a start-up like Gorillas to SEGRO Park Deptford. We look forward to working with them to deliver their “faster than you” mission to Londoners and enabling them to meet the ever-changing demands of their own customers.”
It is thought venture capitalists have invested $14bn in these ultra fast grocery companies in the past year and there seems to be no let up in investor appetite.
In December, Dija raised $20m in funding from Blossom Capital, Creandum and Index Ventures, which has previously backed Deliveroo and Just Eat.