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Clyst Honiton Logistics Centre Media Statement 9 July 2013

Clyst Honiton Logistics Centre - Media Statement issued by Sainbury's 9 July 2013

Sainsbury's and East Devon District Council have announced a review of plans to develop a new logistics centre in Clyst Honiton to the east of Exeter.

Sainsbury’s brought forward plans to redevelop the site near Exeter airport and an outline planning consent for a 528,000 square foot logistics centre was granted in September 2011.

Vince Prior, Head of Property Investment for Sainsbury’s said: “Since receiving planning approval in September 2011 we have invested significant sums in preparatory works to deliver a fully serviced and remediated site. However, we are continually reviewing our logistics’ network to enable us to drive improved service to stores, support our business plans, increase efficiencies and deliver savings that will allow us to further invest in our customer offer. In light of this, we have concluded that there is no immediate requirement for a depot at this location at this time. Although this news is disappointing, our research shows that there could be future demand for a depot in this location.  We are therefore currently working with East Devon District Council to review our options and can update the local community once the review is complete.”

In addition to the main site, our interest also includes seven acres of land to the rear of the site for the planned logistics centre (outlined in red in the attached photograph). This land has always been surplus to our requirements in terms of developing the main centre and we intend to bring forward development on this rear portion of the site independently.

We are also continuing to invest in the South West through our portfolio of approximately 80 stores, which employ over 15,000 people (including our store at Ottery St Mary), and are always seeking new opportunities in the area.

East Devon District Council Leader, Cllr Paul Diviani, said: “If businesses did not review their operations constantly, they would inevitably stagnate and whilst I am disappointed to hear of a delay in the site being progressed as originally envisaged, this reassessment is understandable.

We have pointed out that Exeter is the fastest growing city in the country (ahead of Manchester); coupled with all the activity in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, the dynamism of our joint developments will stimulate further retail activity and I expect renewed vigour in the sector in the future.

We have agreed to work closely with Sainsbury’s to achieve our common goals.”

For further information contact Sainsbury’s community support team at sainsburysclysthoniton@gka.co.uk, or on 0800 313 4818.

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