Next plans warehouse expansion
today Dec 5, 2019
Next is seeking planning permission to build a £125 million warehouse in Yorkshire that would create over 1,000 jobs.
This is according to an application submitted to Wakefield Council, supported by Q+A Planning and pHp Architects.
The British fashion retailer has a distribution and warehouse complex on Elmsall Way, and the 777,000 sq ft proposed site would be located in South Elmsall near junction 26 on the M25.
The project includes a 50,000 sq ft state-of-the-art photo studio on two floors for the company’s fashion and homeware collections, according to pHP Architects’ website.
The development will help Next cope with its growing online business after expanding its online platform to work as a multi-brand marketplace with third-party inventory. In its half-year trading report the company also revealed it has increased the number of products it sells, putting its warehousing infrastructure under pressure and eroding operational efficiencies.
The existing distribution centre in Yorkshire is understood to be operating at capacity. Next has currently eight warehouses in the UK and two overseas, in Russia and Germany.
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