Ocado moves north of the border with £80m Scottish hub

Scottish shoppers may soon be able to get Ocado deliveries after the online supermarket confirmed plans for a new warehouse near Glasgow.

It has applied to North Lanarkshire council for a hub at Eurocentral, one of Scotland’s major industrial estates.

If approved, 29,000 square metres of warehouse, offices and maintenance floorspace will be built on the 24-acre site.

Planning consultancy Rapleys claimed it will create roughly 1700 jobs and provide an £80 million boost to the Scottish economy.

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Ocado, whose coverage across the UK has been criticised by its retail partner Marks & Spencer, has recently embarked on an opening spree.

It unveiled its second-largest hub in Purfleet, Essex three weeks ago, plus a “mini” centre in Bristol in February.

Having reopened its flagship warehouse in Andover, Hampshire last month, the retailer hopes to handle 600,000 weekly orders.

A Scottish launch had been expected since it launched a joint venture, Ocado Retail, with Marks & Spencer in a £750 million deal.

In February, Ocado Retail boss Mel Smith said coming to Scotland would be “a matter of when not if”.

Ocado told the Grocery Gazette it was “looking at its first CFC [customer fulfilment centre] site in Scotland as part of its strategy to expand its footprint and deliver to more UK households”.

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