Kitchenware retailer Lakeland is to spend £10m expanding its DC in Cumbria by 50% to provide additional capacity to match expected sales growth in the UK and abroad.

The company celebrated record sales in 2012 and is looking to add to its 60-strong high street presence in the UK in the coming years, as well as opening shops abroad.

With e-commerce sales averaging double digit growth year-on-year at present, it has decided to sign off on a project to expand the capacity of its Kendal DC. Work on the 200,000ft² facility will should complete by 2014

The company’s transport and distribution needs are handled by Canute, which has been expanding too in recent months.

Sam Rayner, MD of Lakeland, said: “We have been holding off on this investment for a number for years but now feel that we need to prepare the company for the next phase of its development and the expansion of the distribution centre is a key part of our plans.”