The retailer will announce plans this week to create 3,000 jobs through a new joint venture targeting fast-growing demand for click-and-collect retail services.
Sky News reported that Lloyd Dorfman and Network Rail are investing tens of millions of pounds in a project to open stores under the name Doddle at 300 railway stations over the next three years. Mr Dorfman and Network Rail, who will be equal shareholders in Doddle, believe it has the potential to become a dominant player in the fast-growing market for the delivery of goods bought through digital channels.
The two investors are committing £24m in funding to facilitate Doddle’s nationwide roll-out. Network Rail operates 2,500 stations around the UK, roughly 20% of which are expected to be suitable for Doddle’s service.
Doddle has signed up retailers including Asos, New Look and TM Lewin, as some of its founding partners, enabling consumers to collect and return goods bought from them through its network of sites. The Doddle service is a rival to established click and collect operators.