Nestlé, the world’s biggest food and beverage company, is reported to be planning a vast new warehouse in Leicestershire.
The food and drinks giant is understood to be in talks for a 600,000 sq ft unit at the East Midlands Gateway – a 700-acre distribution park being built near East Midlands Airport.
The Swiss business is staying tight-lipped about the plans but reports suggest it could help kick-start other lettings there.
Nestlé already has a distribution site at Bardon Hill, near Coalville, run by truck company Eddie Stobart and our sister paper Leicester Mercury understands Nestlé would be switching that operation to the new site.
North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said: “Nestlé have been in contact with me and have promised to keep me updated as and when they have more information on the plans between themselves and XPO Logistics.
“I understand the development is still in its very early stages however what is being planned is a state-of-the-art facility.
“Plans such as this show the confidence companies have in doing business in North West Leicestershire and in the UK following the Brexit vote.”
It is not known how many jobs Nestlé would bring to the new site – which would be operated by its third-party transport provider XPO Logistics – or if new jobs would be created.
The East Midlands Gateway (EMG) is being built on a huge greenfield site by property investment and development companies Segro, in Slough, and Roxhill, in Rugby.
The three-year construction programme got underway earlier this year just north of East Midlands Airport.
The Property Week source said: “This will really get things moving and is a vote of confidence in the scheme.
“There’s plenty of demand from companies in need of state-of-the-art logistics space, and East Midlands Gateway, being next to the motorway, train links and the airport, is already proving to be a draw for potential occupiers like Nestlé.”
A Nestlé spokesman said they were working with XPO Logistics on a new main distribution centre for Nestlé UK but would not confirm if the new site would be in Leicestershire. All being well, it would start operating in 2019.
He said: “We are pleased to be working with XPO Logistics on plans for a brand new, state-of-the-art distribution centre to service Nestlé.
“The development is still in the early planning stages and we will be able to provide more detail in the near future.”
East Midlands Gateway is being built between Kegworth and Castle Donington and will have its own rail terminal, eventually generating more than 7,250 jobs.
Only last week it was announced the developers were bidding for the six million sq ft site to become a main supplier for the planned £16.5 billion expansion of Heathrow Airport.
It hopes to be one of four locations used to pre-assemble components for the new runway and terminals – avoiding the disruption caused by actually doing the work at Heathrow.
A total of 121 sites have put themselves forward for the contract with the final four announced later this year.
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