Wincanton has launched a new distribution centre at Daresbury in Cheshire for its client Screwfix.

The 370,000sq ft site, which is Screwfix’s fifth distribution centre, will create an additional 400 jobs in the north-west of England, the company said this week.

The distribution centre will be fully operational by May 2022 and will service stores in the North and West of the UK, plus the Republic of Ireland, in conjunction with the existing Lichfield site servicing the South and East.

Meanwhile, the Stafford site will focus on supplying specific product lines on a national basis.

The opening of the new distribution centre comes after the trade tools retailer reported a surge in sales to £2bn earlier this year.

In its last financial year Screwfix added more than 38 new stores to its network of over 750 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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Ian Keilty, Wincanton chief operating officer, said: “We’re excited to be part of Screwfix’s continued growth. Our strong and growing relationship is evidence of Wincanton’s ability to support the changing needs of our customers.

“We are looking forward to further honouring our commitment to add value to Screwfix's delivery and service proposition.”

Dan Monaghan, Screwfix supply chain and logistics director, added: “We are delighted to be working with Wincanton in opening a sixth distribution centre in Daresbury and the creation of 400 jobs in the north-west.

“The new site will ensure we have the logistics infrastructure to support our store expansion plan, Click and Collect service and ‘Screwfix Sprint’, our latest hyper convenience proposition.

“With 98% of the UK population within a 30-minute drive of a Screwfix store the latest site will ensure we can continue to provide our customers with the convenience and certainty they need. I would like to thank all our colleagues for their continued support.”