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Yearsley Group takes on new Midlands depot

Centrally located cold store takes pallet capacity to 320,000.

Yearsley Group has added a 200,000 sq ft cold storage facility in the Midlands to its portfolio as the company seeks to improve its service offering to retailers. Agent Barton Kendal, acting on behalf of Yearsley Group, has agreed the purchase of the automated cold store at the Hams Hall Distribution Park, Coleshill, close to many of the UK's biggest retail National Distribution Centres (NDCs).

Housing more than 42,000 pallet spaces, the state-of-the-art cold store is ideally located for the M6, M6 toll, M5, M42 and M40. It will not only provide ample opportunities for new customers, but will also support Yearsley Group's existing Midlands depots including Coleshill - which is at full capacity - Holmewood and Belle Eau Park, which is dedicated to servicing the Brakes Brothers catering contract.

Harry Yearsley, managing director, said: "We are actively looking to grow our business and we have been looking for an opportunity in the Midlands which would give us greater storage capacity and support the strategic aims of growing our food sales division and servicing a larger retail customer base."

"The location of this cold store could not be better for consolidating stock from around the UK and abroad, and delivering into many of the leading retailers NDCs. Consolidation of stock from manufacturers not only makes for more efficient delivery into major retail and food service organisations, it also contributes to reducing carbon output."

With the addition of Hams Hall, Yearsley's national pallet capacity will exceed 320,000. The acquisition comes just weeks after Yearsley Group began work on the expansion of its Heywood headquarters to create a northern 'superhub' to meet demand for new contracts, which will increase capacity by a further 40,000 to 80,000 pallets by next year.

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