Boohoo to close Wellingborough distribution centre as it completes upgrade of three other sites
Boohoo Group will be closing its distribution centre in Wellingborough in the New Year following the upgrade of three other facilities in the UK; the move will affect 420 jobs.
Staff at the Wellingborough site will be offered the chance to apply for roles at the Daventry distribution centre (which is also in Northamptonshire, around 30 miles away) or one of Boohoo's northern DCs (located in Sheffield and Burnley). The Daventry site was acquired by Boohoo from the collapsed Arcadia Group in April 2021; the online fashion group also acquired the Burton, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins brands from Sir Philip Green's former empire.
A spokesperson for the online fashion group said: "Over the last three years, as our portfolio of brands has grown, we have been investing heavily into our distribution network to ensure we can continue to offer customers the rapid delivery times they expect. Our facility in Wellingborough has been an important part of that network for the last two years, enabling us to upgrade our three other sites across the UK.
"Now that this stage of investment is complete, we will be closing our distribution centre in Wellingborough in the new year. We have informed our colleagues on site and we have been offering transfers to another of our warehouses in Daventry, or if they able to travel further, our site in Burnley."
The spokesperson added that Boohoo appreciated the move was "awful news" for staff and that it would be doing all it could to support them at this time.
Boohoo has been expanding rapidly in recent years and now has a group spanning 13 brands from the flagship Boohoo and BoohooMAN brands to PrettyLittleThing, Miss Pap, Nasty Gal, Coast, Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen and Debenhams. Many of its brands were acquired as a result of the collapse of former high street chains, which Boohoo has transformed into online-only entities.