According to Tesco corporate affairs manager Juliette Bishop, this will be the company’s first purpose-built import storage facility.”
The new 1.2 million sq. ft. high-bay import centre will be located on brownfield land that is currently undeveloped within PD Ports’ Tees Dock estate, beside the future Northern Gateway Container Terminal.
“Our non-food business is expanding each year with a significant proportion of our hard-lines stock, such as electrical goods, imported from the Far East, and this requires the levels of stock that we need to hold to be higher than for other areas of our business,” said Ms Bishop.
“We need to increase our storage capacity to deal with the increased levels of imported containerised goods, and building a storage facility at the port removes the need to move stock from the port where it is imported, to a storage facility inland.”
Tesco will begin construction of the import centre this summer, and hopes to operate from the site towards autumn 2009.