500 jobs created as John Lewis signs deal with Milton Keynes Tesco warehouse

John Lewis will open the new centre next year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a deal with Tesco to lease a million square foot distribution centre to meet demand for online orders.

It'll create 500 jobs in the process.

The agreement with the supermarket for the site, at Fenny Lock in Milton Keynes, will run for 11 years and will help the department store's push away from stores and into web sales, which jumped from 40% to 60% of sales during the pandemic.

The company wants to focus on its online sales. Credit: ITV News

As a result of the shift away from store sales, John Lewis has announced a series of closures and management shake-ups, affecting around 3,700 jobs across its stores and Waitrose supermarkets.

500 new jobs will be created. Credit: ITV News

Mr Murphy also says the new distribution centre will help the company on their way to becoming net zero carbon by 2035.

A three-year lease agreement for a 300,000 square foot distribution centre at Bardon, Leicestershire, with Clipper Logistics will be used later this month in preparation for Black Friday.

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