Supermarket's £185m Erith site expected to create 3,500 jobs
PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:21 27 February 2015
Bexley to be home to biggest customer fulfilment centre in the world
Several thousand jobs are to be created in Bexley by a new Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) for online supermarket Ocado.
The site in Erith will be the biggest facility of its type in the world, bringing £185 million of investment and is expected to create some 3,500 jobs.
Planning permission for the project was granted by Bexley Council yesterday (Thursday).
“This is excellent news for Bexley and south east London,” said Cllr Teresa O’Neill, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley.
“This is the largest investment of this kind Bexley has ever seen and it will bring opportunities for new jobs of all skill levels and for existing local businesses. Ocado is the world’s biggest online grocery retailer, and their decision to base such an important and prestigious facility here is recognition that Bexley has a great offer for businesses.”
Recruitment for roles including operational managers, warehouse operatives, LGV and delivery drivers, engineers and support staff will start in 2016.
Cllr Linda Bailey, cabinet nember for regeneration and growth, said: “We plan to work with Ocado to ensure that we can support their recruitment efforts. Resources plus, the Council’s jobs and training team, will work closely with them to enable local people to take full advantage of this exciting opportunity for the borough.”
Jon Hillary, director of development and engineering at Ocado said: “We’re delighted that our development plans for the new Erith site have been given the green light. The site will be central to our future growth plans and we’ll be building our latest design of customer fulfilment centre right here in Greater London, bringing 3,500 new jobs to the region.”
Construction of the Erith CFC is planned to start in the summer, with the facility expected to open during 2017.
As well as direct deliveries to homes in the region, it will support a network of existing centres around the south east of England, handling around 200,000 orders per week.