Christmas shopping: Behind the scenes at Sainsbury"s Waltham Abbey distribution depot

The final Christmas countdown: Behind the scenes at giant supermarket depot as millions of shoppers hit streets hunting for late bargains Depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, makes 1,800 deliveries a week to 90 stores in London and two other countiesAmazing pictures give backstage look at 700,000 sq ft centre as British shoppers hit high streets across the UKRetailers aim to lure shoppers out of their warm homes with discounts of up to 50% nine days before Christmas | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 16 December 2012 These pictures give a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a 700,000 sq ft supermarket distribution centre as Britain goes Christmas shopping crazy. Goods were in storage at a Sainsbury's depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, which employs around 1,200 people and covers the size of eight football pitches.