Daventry is expected to welcome up to 70 new jobs to the region by the end of January next year, according to retailer Dunelm Group Plc which will move in December.
The company plans to move into a new warehouse at the Prologis RFI Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT), which is touted as the ‘UK’s most successful intermodal (rail / road) logistics park’, according to the website of the location. This is due to its proximity to the M1 motorway and the main west coast line.
The new site will help the retailer meet customer demand ahead of the holiday season and then, starting in January, will become a key part of the growth of Dunelm’s furniture business and offer better levels of delivery service.
Dunelm says the move supports the company’s focus on innovating and improving its customer proposition, as well as the growth in home delivery and click & collect operations resulting from the pandemic.
With 175 stores operating across the UK, the company has taken on a 10-year lease on this new logistics building in the East Midlands, which will house the Dunelm home delivery network and furniture line.
The company says its location is in the logistics ‘golden triangle’, at the heart of the UK’s motorway and rail network. This will help strengthen its ability to deliver for customers.
They cite successes like Sainsbury’s and Tesco, also at the site, where transport links have played an “important role” in keeping goods and services flowing across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to do so. do during the current supply chain crisis.
Tom Price, Director of Capital Deployment and Leasing at Prologis UK, said: âWe have worked with Dunelm for a long time, and seeing this project come to fruition is testament to the strength of our relationship.
âDIRFT continues to be an incredibly popular prospect for companies looking to harness the power of multimodal freight and new site extensions will provide even more opportunities for companies looking to strengthen their presence in the Golden Triangle. ”
Dunelm also claimed that its new building would reflect the company’s âambitiousâ sustainability and carbon reduction targets, with an EPC âA24â rating, a BREEAM âexcellentâ rating and features such as 15 % of skylights, rainwater harvesting and LED lighting.
The building has also had its environmental credentials certified by The Planet Mark and 100% attenuates the incorporated carbon involved in its construction.
Richard Street, Director of Supply Chain Development, Dunelm Group PLC, said: âOur new DIRFT warehouse is an important milestone for Dunelm – not only is the location excellent to better meet the needs of our customers, but the new site will make a significant contribution to our improving our environmental footprint.
The retailer will arrive in Daventry in December.