House of Fraser’s logistics firm reopens warehouses

House of Fraser’s distribution centres in Wellingborough and Milton Keynes have re-opened today after weeks of uncertainty over the future of the embattled retailer, according to a report by Drapers.

The department store took its website offline on August 15 after falling into a dispute with XPO Logistics, who own and operate House of Fraser’s Wellingborough and Milton Keynes warehouses.

Now, House of Fraser chief executive Alex Williams has said the centres will open this morning in order to take receipt of concession deliveries, collect from suppliers and process stock to the stores.

Williams added that all services will be resumed “as soon as possible”.

XPO is reportedly owed GBP 30.4 million, while House of Fraser’s wider debts are believed to approach GBP 1 billion.

It stopped accepting goods and processing deliveries for the retailer last week, meaning House of Fraser was forced to contact shoppers to warn customers that it had cancelled orders that had not been sent yet.

Earlier this week it was also revealed that 627 members of XPO staff at Wellingborough and Milton Keynes had been put on a 45 day consultation period from August 17.