Cheshire-based Boughey Distribution has taken occupancy of a newly-built 332,000sq ft ambient warehouse at Lymedale Business Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, in a move which will create 250 jobs and increase the firm’s storage capacity to 187,000 pallet spaces.

The company said the new facility, which has space for 52,000 pallets, will provide ”much-needed” capacity for Boughey to accommodate the growth of existing customers as well as new business acquisition.

Boughey Distribution has agreed a 15-year lease of the facility from Aver Property, with initial capital expenditure expected to be around £8.5m. This investment is backed by Boughey’s parent company, NWF Group.

Features of the new 18 metre-high warehouse include 57 trailer spaces and five tractor unit spaces, an 88m deep yard and extensive two-storey office accommodation.

Boughey said the move is part of ambitious growth plans over the next five years. MD Angela Carus (pictured centre) added: “We have been on the look-out for suitable additional warehouse capacity for some time and are very fortunate to have sealed a deal with Aver Property.

”The warehouse is of the highest specification and within easy reach of our two existing sites in Wardle and Crewe.Demand for space from our existing customers and newly acquired business is on the increase which is great news for us.

“Our industry is constantly evolving and requires quick reactions and total flexibility for customers. For example, the biggest challenge during 2023 was managing unpredictable retail demands because of the current cost-of-living crisis and poor summer weather which both affected sales for our customers.

”This instability had a knock-on effect on customer stockholdings which created pressure on warehouse space.We are very pleased to have secured this additional space.”

Boughey will commence the racking installation and general fit-out of the warehouse immediately and anticipates the arrival of initial stock at the end of March/early April. The warehouse will be fully operational by this Autumn

Boughey currently has sites in Wardle, near Nantwich and Crewe, where the company opened a 240,000sq ft warehouse in 2020.