Home Bargains to invest £70 million in south west distribution hub
Discount retailer Home Bargains is to invest £70 million in constructing a regional distribution hub in the south west of England as it looks to expand its store presence from 300 to 700 outlets over the next five years.
Due to be operational in late 2015, the new facility at Solstice Park in Amesbury is expected to create 1,200 jobs and support up to 400 new stores.
In addition to the distribution facility, Home Bargains will build a 24,000 sq ft management centre on the site where 170 people are expected to undergo training each year.
Joe Morris, who is operations director at Home Bargains' parent company TJ Morris, said: "Solstice Park is the ideal location for our new regional distribution centre.
"Our Home Bargains distribution centre will be among the most advanced in Western Europe, thanks to our sophisticated electronic picking system, with the technology developed in-house.
"We make no secret of our ambition to grow to 700 stores over the next five years, which is why Home Bargains needs to be at Solstice Park."
Solstice Park development director David Fahie added: "The construction of Home Bargains' £70 million regional distribution centre, creating so many valuable jobs, underlines Solstice Park's growing stature as the location for businesses to be in central southern England."
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