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Web dealer inks bespoke building after doubling in size

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Catering24’s new state of the art warehouse will be constructed in Ilkeston.

Web-based dealer Catering24 has agreed a deal with Clowes Developments for the development of a state of the art warehouse facility in Ilkeston after doubling in size.

The family-run business has adapted its business model throughout the difficult year of 2020 for the hospitality industry by providing catering equipment and supplies and food packaging for takeaway and delivery. Its continued growth in this area is set to rise over the next decade and Catering24 has agreed a bespoke build with Clowes Development in the East Midlands area, strategically located between Nottingham and Derby.

Catering24 has agreed a lease with the property developer for the development of a brand-new purpose-built warehouse and distribution facility at Etiquette Park located off the existing Manners Road Industrial Estate in Ilkeston.

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The deal marks significant expansion for the distributor which has doubled its turnover in the past 18 months. Catering24 has the option to purchase the property within the first 2 years, which it aims to do, and represents a total investment in the warehouse, equipment, racking and IT software to the sum of £2.8m.

The 27,249ft2 warehouse and office planning application has now been approved by Erewash Borough Council and work is expected to start on site within the next couple of weeks.

Catering24’s bespoke building will sit with a secure complex and will comprise of a steel portal frame single storey warehouse with integral two storey offices. The property will benefit from a secure service yard, 40 car parking spaces, 8 metre haunch height, two level access loading doors, three phase power supply and EV charging points.

Catering24 CEO Steve Lloyd said: “I have been very impressed with the team at Catering24, we have totally restructured the business in 2020 due to the pandemic, staff have adapted well to new ways of working, software system and alternative working hours to satisfy online consumer purchasing needs, Etiquette park will be a welcome facility to achieve even more levels of customer service which we look forward to announce in the 2022.”

The company, which was established as a web dealer in 2016, was acquired by Magenta UK (formerly Midland Catering Supplies) in July 2020.

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