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£70m warehouse deal at Solstice Park
THE deal for a massive new £70m distribution warehouse at Solstice Park means there are now only 20 acres of logistics and distribution land available at the business park.
The new centre – the size of 32 football pitches – is to open next August to serve the 400 new stores being created in the south of England by the discount chain Home Bargains.
TJ Morris, the company behind Home Bargains, is also to build a 24,000 sq ft training centre for the company’s new employees, next to the warehouse.
Joe Morris, TJ Morris’ operations director, said Solstice Park was the ideal location for the new regional distribution centre as 98 per cent of the south of England could be reached within a 4.5-hour HGV drive.
He said: “Our Home Bargains distribution centre will be among the most advanced in Western Europe, thanks to our sophisticated electronic picking system, with the technology developed in-house.
“We make no secret of our ambition to grow to 700 stores over the next five years, which is why Home Bargains needs to be at Solstice Park.”
He added: “As a responsible employer, Home Bargains also realises the importance of and sustainability of employing as many local people as possible – it will be our pleasure to do so.
The company says stores in Amesbury and Salisbury will be among the 400 it will be creating.
David Fahle, Solstice Park development director, said the Home Bargains deal “underlines Solstice Park’s growing stature as the location for businesses to be in central southern England”.
Steve Mitchell, a director of Colliers International, agents for Solstice Park, said: “Given the scarcity of build-tosuit land available regionally, we anticipate other firms gravitating to Solstice Park.”
Bakery chain Greggs has bought a plot on the park, next to the Muller Wiseman dairy, where it plans to build a seven-acre bakery, providing 200 jobs.
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