will open a London distribution centre next year, which will maintain its luxury fulfilment offer.

The 500,000 sq ft site will be located near Heathrow airport to allow Matches to ship internationally more easily. International sales now account for 80% of online revenues.

Once fully operational in 2020, the retailer will be able to process 4 million shipments every year.

Private equity firm Apax is currently finalising its acquisition of a majority stake in the retailer, which saw profits and sales soar in its last full year.

EBITDA rocketed more than five-fold to £19m, while sales surged 61% to £204m in the year ending January 31.

Founders Tom and Ruth Chapman – who founded 30 years ago with a single boutique in Wimbledon – retain a minority stake. So too do venture capital backers Scottish Equity Partners and Highland Europe.

Chief executive Ulric Jerome said that the warehouse was “a significant evolution of our logistics operation as the business experiences continued strong growth and achieves increased scale. This development will further strengthen our reputation for the best in class luxury service globally.”