A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has announced plans to build a brand new purpose-built warehouse in Bedford as it looks to target growth across its retail, wholesale and foodservice divisions.
The company has signed a pre-let agreement on a 20-year lease for a 164,850 sq ft multi-temperature distribution facility, and is due to take occupancy in 2021, subject to receiving planning permission.
The business currently operates distribution centres in the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, East Sussex and South Wales, with the facility anticipated to provide employment for more than 200 people in the Bedford area.
Joint managing director Geoff Hallam commented: “This is an exciting development for A.F. Blakemore and reflects confidence in the company’s ability to grow in the markets in which it operates. The move will strengthen our reputation as a national food distributor, enable us to continue to improve our service to customers and ensure the long-term sustainability of the business.
“A.F. Blakemore has a firm commitment to responsible business practice, and positive engagement with colleagues, customers, the environment and the local community will be a clear focus for the business as we look to establish the new site,” he added.
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