schuh is opening a European distribution centre in Scotland next summer, which it says is five times larger than its current warehouse there.
The facility will be located on its recently acquired 245,000 sq ft site at the J4M8 complex in Bathgate, and is set to create more than 50 jobs over the next five years.
Owing to recent growth and future expansion plans of the schuh store estate and online offering, the company said it needed to extend its Neilson Square distribution centre, in Livingston.
“Various sites were investigated throughout the UK, however we are keen to remain within Scotland, in particular West Lothian, where our head office and existing centre are currently based,” said a schuh spokesperson.
Having worked with West Lothian Council and consulted with Scottish Enterprise during the search to find a new site, the company was awarded a fund by the Bank of Scotland, to fund the acquisition and fit out J4M8.
“schuh’s latest development in Bathgate is great news for West Lothian and the wider Scottish economy, with the creation of new jobs and significant future expansion plans for the company across Scotland,” said relationship director for Edinburgh & East Scotland at the Bank of Scotland, Andrew Clark-Hutchison.
Property Consultants, Ryden LLP, Morton Fraser LLP Solicitors, and Objective Chartered Building Surveyors represented schuh during the transaction.