magnaParkJohn Lewis is to open a dedicated distribution centre for furniture, furnishings and electricals at its Magna Park logistics hub in Buckinghamshire.

The retail cooperative has signed a 25-year lease on a 638,000sqft warehouse just off the M1 in Milton Keynes.

It will be the third John Lewis DC at Magna Park, and will support its first which opened in 2009 and the second — Magna Park 2 — which is due to be fully operational by next year.

The third site will be responsible for large furniture and electricals and home furnishings, leaving Magna Park 1 and 2 responsible for smaller products and accessories as well as hanging garments.

Its decision will affect other sites run by the retailer, with John Lewis saying partners at existing Milton Keynes sites — as well as in nearby Stevenage and at Carlisle in the North West — will be offered posts either at the new site or at others in the town.