Aerial CGI of new Bedford depot

An aerial CGI of the new Bedford depot

AF Blakemore has signed a pre-let agreement on a new multi-temperature warehouse in Bedford.

It has secured a 20-year lease for the 164,000 sq ft depot in Manton Lane.

The company will occupy the new distribution depot in 2021, subject to planning permission.

The site will complement its existing warehouse network, and will provide it with extra supply chain capacity to support targeted growth across its retail, wholesale and foodservice divisions.

Geoff Hallam, joint MD, said it was an exciting development that reflected confidence in the company’s ability to grow in its markets.

“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.”

Blakemore had “a firm commitment” to responsible business practice and “positive engagement” with staff, customers, the environment and the local community which would be a clear focus for the business as it looked to establish the new site.

The business currently operates distribution centres in the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, East Sussex and South Wales. The company’s headquarters will remain in Willenhall, West Midlands.