Bestway Wholesale has closed its Batleys depot in Stirling, central Scotland, in order to focus on its delivered operation.
As a result of the decision, the business’ Edinburgh Newbridge depot has been reconfigured to facilitate deliveries, with dedicated picking areas and new goods in and goods out areas.
The closure – which was completed on 26 January – comes a few months after Bestway unveiled its new BB Foodservice delivered wholesale operation.
Bestway Wholesale managing director Martin Race, said: “The business has made a strategic decision to invest in and upgrade its delivery network in order to focus on the growth areas of the sector, namely delivery. As a result, and as part of a review that was undertaken to determine the best possible way to deliver this, it was agreed to pursue a hub strategy, and so the decision was made to close the Stirling depot. It was felt that the delivered customers would be better serviced out of the Edinburgh Newbridge depot.
“Along with the investment in Newbridge and the work being done across Scotland to reconfigure depots to offer a better customer experience, we have a number of depots serving retailers and caterers in the central belt of Scotland, with Glasgow, Cambuslang, Perth, Dundee, Newbridge and Bellevue.”
Race added: “Stirling was a purely retail depot with the majority of the business being in delivered wholesale. Due to its size – Stirling was the smallest depot in the entire Bestway Wholesale estate – there were constraints in the range of products we could offer customers, particularly in chilled, fresh and frozen, all growth areas within the business and in delivered wholesale in particular.”