Wakefield Hub.
Aerial view of logistics site Wakefield Hub.
Nick Hill

Wholesaler Kitwave unveils plans to build 65,000 sq ft northern distribution centre

Independent wholesaler Kitwave has secured four acres at logistics sites Wakefield Hub for its new 65,000 sq ft northern distribution centre.

Kitwave, headquartered in North Shields, recently acquired Wakefield wholesaler HB Clark, which has been supplying the On Trade since 1906.

The relocation to Wakefield Hub will support HB Clark’s continued growth and investment in the region.

Wakefield Hub is capable of accommodating in excess of 1.5 million sq ft and benefiting from its location at Junction 30 of the M62 with direct links to Junction 42 of the M1.

The site will be brought forward by a recently signed Joint Venture agreement between Henry Boot Developments Limited and Yorkcourt.

The deal sees Kitwave join cold chain logistics provider, NewCold Ltd, which currently occupies a 420,000 sq ft, 42-metre-high unit at Wakefield Hub.

Hamer Boot, Henry Boot developments regional manager, said: “Wakefield Hub benefits from its proximity to the motorway network, making it an ideal location for companies like Kitwave that distribute goods throughout the country.

“Wakefield Hub is one of several significant projects being delivered by Henry Boot Developments in Yorkshire, building on the previous success of our flagship Markham Vale development.

“We look forward to bringing the scheme forward with our JV partner, Yorkcourt, and have already seen strong interest from potential occupiers; with an excellent location and a focus on delivering high quality premises, we’re confident that the scheme will enjoy the same success as Markham Vale, providing much-needed industrial space in a key northern location.”

Colin Mackie, Yorkcourt managing director, added: “Wakefield Hub is continuing to attract significant interest in the market and emphasises the regional and national importance of such a development opportunity.

“We are delighted that Kitwave have made a long-term commitment to Wakefield Hub and a continued commitment to the Wakefield region, and we are looking forward to working with Kitwave to create an excellent facility to facilitate their ongoing expansion.”

Paul Young, managing director at Kitwave, also commented: “Wakefield Hub was the obvious choice for the continued expansion of HB Clark.

“The site has the benefit of full employment allocation under Local Development Framework, therefore offering high-quality, purpose-built industrial premises right on the motorway network, providing essential access to the northern distribution network.

“Due to the allocation, the site can be delivered speedily which will be of great importance to ensure continued employment, allow for our proposed future expansion plans, and enable HB Clark to build upon the quality of service our customers have come to expect during over a 100 years of trading.

“We look forward to seeing the project move forward; it will no doubt be a catalyst in the continued success of our business.”

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