Catering equipment supplier Stephensons has expanded its premises Stockport to create what it claims is the “largest catering equipment showroom and cash and carry facility in the north”.
The company, which is now run by 5th generation family members Henry Stephenson and Julian Lewis-Booth, has invested more than £500,000 to secure neighbouring premises, previously occupied by an electrical contracting firm.
The space it now occupies has grown from 20,000 square feet to over 30,000 square feet as a result.
In the short term, Stephensons intends to utilise the additional 10,000 square feet of space for additional storage, however the firm intends to carry out considerable upgrades to the entire site within the next five years.
Managing director, Henry Stephenson, said: “We have recorded good growth over the last five years and, as such, our current site capacity has been severely stretched during busy seasonal periods. The expansion of our facility in Stockport will ease some of this pressure, allowing us to re-organise our picking locations to improve warehouse efficiency and to re-locate goods in, thereby separating it from goods out.”
Stephenson says that with reduced warehouse pressure, customers will receive an improved service, as well as even better prices as a result of its increased buying capability.
“We had begun seeking more space elsewhere, so are very pleased with this expansion as there will be no significant impact for our staff or for the large number of customers who like to use our cash and Carry. After 45 successful years at our current location, I’m delighted we have been able to take steps to ensure our premises can continue to grow with us.”
Stephensons stocks more than 5,000 catering equipment products, disposables, cleaning, crockery, cutlery and glassware.