The Range to build UK’s largest warehouse as part of growth plans
Discount retailer The Range, is building a state-of-the-art 1.2million square feet distribution unit at Gateway 14, a new logistics park in Suffolk.
The warehouse development is the largest to be built in the UK this year and forms part of the retailers plans to roll out another 100 stores.
It will be so vast, said the retailer, that it will be big enough to be seen from space and will create around 1,650 jobs once complete in 12 months.
The mega-shed is part of the firm’s plan to increase its existing store portfolio – currently 210 stores in UK & ROI – by a further 100 stores as well as adding thousands of new products to its store network and e-commerce business.
Alex Simpkin, Chief Executive of The Range said: “This is not only a major landmark in the expansion of The Range’s estate, it’s also great to be able to announce some positive news that will, quite simply, inject millions of pounds into the UK economy.
“This vast distribution centre will allow us to expand to further locations around the UK – creating new jobs, opening more stores and providing an even better service in store and online for customers. It will allow us to expand our product offer, including even more unbelievable value and price-sensitive lines.”
Tony George, Head of Logistics at The Range said that the new logistics hub bolsters The Range’s sustainability credentials. It will have EV charging, LED lighting, solar and smart energy systems.
He said: “We already have two existing major distribution hubs in the UK and this new site with its proximity to the Port of Felixstowe will provide green benefits through fewer delivery miles for both inbound stock and onward deliveries to The Range stores.”
The Range is one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK and is owned and run by Plymouth entrepreneur and self-made billionaire, Chris Dawson.
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