Waitrose is to set up a supply warehouse for its online shopping business, which will create “hundreds” of jobs in Park Royal.
The 100,000 sq ft warehouse is to be built at 96 Victoria Road, and Waitrose say it will employ 350 people when it goes into operation in the autumn. It will repplace the current Waitrose pratice of picking goods in local stores, and give Waitrose more capacity for popular delivery slots across the capital.
As the Ealing Gazette reports, the new site is close to the site of the first Waitrose shop, originally called ‘Waite, Rose and Taylor’, which opened in Acton in 1904.
Howard Beaumont, business develoment manager for the Park Royal Partnership told the Gazette: “This is a very welcome boost for the local economy with the projected creation of 350 jobs at Waitrose’s new ‘virtual shop’ in Park Royal. It also means the continued association of the John Lewis/Waitrose partnership with the area.”