Waitrose has announced plans to build a new warehouse in the north west in a bid to open more stores in the region.
The supermarket has revealed it is to build a new site in Chorley, Lancashire, on a former BAE defence systems site.
Costing £35 million, the storage space will comprise of 360,000 sq ft of warehouses and 50,000 sq ft of offices.
The new development comes as the chain announced plans to double its number of stores in the north of the country over the coming five years.
David Jones, the grocer’s supply chain director, said: “This new regional distribution centre will provide a vital platform for future expansion and unlock significant opportunities for us to open more shops in the north of England and Scotland.”
The company is also looking to expand into the more remote regions of the UK, as it announced in March it has opened its first store on Guernsey.