Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has officially opened the new £30m Sainsbury’s Thameside Distribution Centre in South East London, which is operated in partnership with Wincanton.
The 250,000sq ft facility will support the rapid growth of the supermarket chain’s convenience store network, Sainsbury’s Local, in London and the South East.
The opening has so far created 350 new jobs and, when the site is fully operational, it will employ over 600 and support 200 Sainsbury’s Local stores stretching from London to Brighton.
John Rogers, Sainsbury’s chief financial officer, said: “Thameside is our second dedicated convenience depot and this state of the art facility gives us superb support for our exciting plans to grow our convenience business.
“This growth is good news for communities across London and the South East as we know that a new Sainsbury’s Local not only brings jobs but also increases footfall to an area, something that benefits nearby retailers on our high streets.”
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, said: “I’m delighted to open the new Sainsbury’s depot and welcome the boost these jobs bring to the local community. It’s a long-term commitment from Sainsbury’s and Wincanton and is a sign of their ambitions for growth. As well as the hundreds of jobs this depot creates, it supports the expansion of Sainsbury’s across the rest of the capital and the South East – securing greater opportunities for people across the area.”
Wincanton chief executive, Eric Born, said: “We are delighted to be extending our long-term partnership with Sainsbury’s and play our part in supporting the expansion of its convenience store business in London and the South East.
“With the launch of this new distribution centre Wincanton takes responsibility for managing the logistics operation for the majority of the Sainsbury’s Local stores across London and we look forward to delivering excellent customer service as usual with the help of our colleagues at Thameside.
“Aside from providing yet another example of Wincanton’s expertise and leadership in the fast-moving convenience sector, I am particularly pleased that this development has created a significant amount of much needed new jobs and, when fully operational, will be one of the area’s major employers.”In common with other sites where Wincanton has started operations, the company has embarked on an educational programme with local schools advising pupils on road safety awareness.