Booker opens Devon delivered dark site hub

Booker has opened its second delivered ‘dark hub’ site in Exeter, with sources confirming to Alex Yau of our sister tile betterRetailing that the site on Bit­tern Road on the Sowton Industrial Estate in Devon had closed to the public, but remained in operation for deliveries only.

The site has been listed as “permanently closed” online, while betterRetailing under­stands deliveries from it are being made to retail­ers across south-west England.

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Retailers who had pre­viously used the site for cash and carry purchases can use the Makro branch on Matford Park, which is a 14-minute drive away.

The first dark hub site opened in Stoke three months ago as part of a trial, serving the majority of Premier stores. Closed to the public, the sites are designed to focus on deliveries to retailers and improve Booker’s deliv­ered network.

When asked to com­ment on the performance of the first site in a financial call last month, Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy said it had “been performing really well” and did not rule out further expansion.

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.

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