House of Fraser’s distribution centres in Wellingborough and Milton Keynes are reopening on 24 August, following a standoff between the retailer’s new owner Mike Ashley and site operator XPO Logistics, Drapers has learned.
In a letter seen by Drapers, House of Fraser’s CEO Alex Williamson said the centres are expecting to be able to take receipt of concession deliveries, collect from suppliers and process stock to the stores from Friday 24 August.
He added that all services including own bought and own brand supplies will be resumed “as soon as possible”.
Sports Direct and XPO have been at loggerheads since HoF fell into administration on 10 August.
HoF took its website offline on 15 August following a dispute with XPO, which stopped accepting goods and processing deliveries for the retailer. The following day HoF contacted shoppers to say it has cancelled all orders that have not yet been sent.
The HoF website is still down and directing shoppers to Flannels, which is also owned by Sports Direct. One source told Drapers the website would also begin operating on 24 August.
XPO Logistics is owed £30.4m by HoF and as a result placed more than 600 members of staff into consultation this week. GMB, the union for the logistics workers, said a total of 627 jobs are being cut.
This week brands warned Drapers of job losses, profit shortfalls and even risk of closure as debts owed by HoF were revealed.
Meanwhile Ashley struck a deal to keep HoF’s Oxford Street and Telford stores.