Morrisons due to open new distribution centre

Morrisons is due to open a new distribution centre in Lancashire, which has the potential to service over 100 Morrisons M Local stores in the north.

The new centre, which will open later this year, is Morrisons’ second convenience distribution hub.

The 150,000sq ft site will further support the opening of 62 sites acquired from Blockbuster, HMV and Jessops this year.

Morrisons group logistics and supply chain director Neal Austin said: “This is a big year for M local as we expand at pace. The convenience market is a fantastic opportunity for us and, as we expand our store offering, we’ve got to make sure we have the infrastructure to support it.

“We have spoken at length about the importance of us developing a presence in London and the south east, which will be our initial focus, but it’s crucial to us that we also bring our great M local offering to our customers up here in our heartland as well.”

Morrisons’ M Locals feature more fresh food, such as fruit, vegetables, bakery, meat and fish, than its competitors.

Chief executive of Wincanton Erica Born said: “We are delighted to be expanding our partnership with Morrisons with the announcement of this five-year contract.

“Over the last 18 months, we have seen our market share grow as we broaden our service offering in the UK retail sector, and today’s announcement confirms the enormous potential that exists for Wincanton.”