Amazon Fresh on cusp of launching in UK

Amazon Fresh on cusp of launching in UK

Amazon could be on the cusp of launching a grocery delivery operation in the UK after leasing a warehouse from Tesco, it has been reported.

Retail Week reported  the e-commerce giant has agreed a 10-year lease with Tesco for a warehouse in Surrey, which is currently being revamped by Clegg Food Projects.

The retailer currently only delivers food in the US through a service it calls Amazon Fresh, but rumours it will launch a similar service in the UK have been circulating for some time.

The lease is thought to begin in September on the building based in Weybridge. At 304, 751 sq ft, it is a similar in size to Ocado’s first warehouse in Hatfield, Retail Week said.

The magazine reported the company has also leased a building in Bardon, Leicestershire.

Last month, shares in Waitrose’s online delivery service Ocado fell sharply after unconfirmed rumours that Amazon was due to launch the Fresh service in the UK this autumn.

Amazon has not yet commented on the warehouse deal.