Online electricals retailer BuyIt Direct Group is to create around 250 jobs at its new warehouse near East Midlands Airport, to meet growing demand as a result of the lockdown. The new location is at the East Midlands Distribution Centre, M1, A50), Castle Donington. The facility has 76 dock doors, parking for 157 HGVs and an 18m height clearance. It has a rainwater harvesting system and the roof is designed to accommodate solar panels. It was speculatively built by industrial developer Panattoni, and has space for almost 90,000 pallets.
Buy It Direct chief executive Nick Glynne said “Due to the exceptional demand for online goods, partly as a result of Covid, we urgently required a large warehouse to support our increased stockholding of kitchen appliances, bathrooms and furniture. We didn’t have the luxury of time for a design and build and so the new shed at EMDC was ideal.
“We are deeply impressed with the high quality spec of the building and the professionalism of both AEW and Panattoni ensured that we were able to do a deal very quickly. Our growth forecasts means we will need another large site within four years but in the meantime, we have extra capacity to offer a pick, pack and despatch service to third parties, ideally for oversized goods that can be stored in bulk on the floor or within VNA (very narrow aisles).
“In addition we will be creating 250 new jobs, engaging with Invest in Leicester, North West Leicestershire District Council who work with DWP and the Leicester Employment Hub to assist us our recruitment needs.”