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Ocado to build distribution centre

Online grocery company Ocado has unveiled plans to build a 32,500 sq m distribution centre on a 35.2 acre business park in north Warwickshire.

The construction of Birch Coppice Business Park in Dordon could double Ocado’s capacity and will be its second so-called customer fulfilment centre.

Building of the business park will commence immediately and should be completed by the end of 2012, and it will initially have a capacity of approximately 120,000 orders per week, which will eventually increase to 180,000.

The CFC is expected to cost approximately £210 million to build, which will be financed through a combination of current reserves and bank loans.

At peak capacity, the CFC is expected to generate in excess of 2,000 jobs in the region, and will enable Ocado to expand its geographic coverage and increase order capacity in its current coverage area, where it is experiencing strong customer growth.

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