Marks & Spencer to close London distribution centre

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer suffered a slip in its like-for-like sales over Christmas

Marks & Spencer has announced that it will close operations at its Neasden, North London, distribution centre.

The existing 495,000 sq ft site, which employs over 300 people, will see its operations moved to a new depot, on the site of a former Tesco operation at Welham Green in Hertfordshire, and employ over 500 people.

Its latest sales figures, covering the crucial Christmas period, continued to disappoint as shoppers – again – hunted value, particularly in clothing and homewares.

It said the new depot, on the site of a former Tesco operation at Welham Green in Hertfordshire, would also be operated by a third party.

The company has embarked on a five-year transformation plan under chief executive Steve Rowe, aimed at slashing costs to improve profitability.

Gordon Mowat, Director of Clothing & Home Supply Chain & Logistics, said: “M&S is changing and we are transforming our stores and supply chain to better serve our customers.

“The new site in Welham will deliver better service and availability for our customers and enable us to become a faster, more agile, lower cost retailer. The location has fantastic transport links and we’re looking forward to building a great operation in Hertfordshire.

“The decision to move operations from Neasden to other sites within our network is not one we have taken lightly, however it’s an important part of our transformation.”

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