Yearsley Group, the UK market leader in the distribution of frozen food, has started work on the £20 million expansion of its national headquarters in Hareshill, Heywood.
The expansion project concentrates on a 13.6 acre site, adjacent to Yearsley Group’s current headquarters. It will create up to 150 new jobs and safeguard the roles of its existing 300 members of staff.
The site will accommodate a new 160,000 sq ft unit for the frozen food sales and logistics specialist, which will be built and fitted out in three phases. The first two phases of the project have begun and will comprise 100,000 sq ft, or 27,000 pallet spaces, with the remaining floor space and fit out to be completed in line with future demand.
The Group’s national headquarters currently has a 40,000 pallet capacity and the new cold store will provide a further 40,000 pallet spaces, doubling Heywood’s capacity and enabling the company to create a northern ‘super hub’.
Yearsley Group was established in 1955 and currently operates two separate divisions: food sales and global logistics. In 1999, the group took advantage of Manchester’s ideal location as a hub for logistics and set up their national UK distribution centre in Heywood, Rochdale.
Harry Yearsley, managing director of Yearsley Group, said: “The Heywood cold store is currently near to full capacity so the expansion of our operation is in direct response to the demands of new and existing customers for whom this North West location is ideal. It will become the first of two national ‘super hubs’ for Yearsley Group, enabling us to consolidate more stock in single, strategically located stores, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing carbon output.
“The cold storage and distribution market has developed over recent years and customers at both ends of the supply chain are demanding faster, more efficient, environmentally conscious services from their logistics partners. The extension of Heywood will ultimately provide us with a frozen storage capacity of more than 80,000 pallets in one North West location, helping us to better meet the storage needs of manufacturing customers and the delivery requirements of retail and food service customers across the country.”
Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, adds: “Hareshill is an important asset to Greater Manchester’s logistics infrastructure and we’re delighted that Yearsley Group has decided to further expand and invest in this key site in Rochdale.
“The city region serves as an excellent location for an operation of this scale, with access to more motorways than any other UK city, and up to 60% of UK companies within two hours drive-time. We’re confident that as Yearsley Group scale-up their operations, they will continue to benefit from being based within one of the best logistics hubs in the UK, with great assets such as Manchester Airport, the Manchester Ship Canal and the Trafford Park Euroterminal on their doorstep.”
Yearsley Group is joined by a number of major global organisations that have chosen Manchester as their preferred distribution hub. These include Adidas, Argos, JJB Sports, Kellogg’s, L’Oréal, Next, Office Depot, Procter and Gamble, as well as major logistics firms like Kuehne & Nagel and Wincanton.
Yearsley Group’s cold storage and distribution division is the country’s largest provider of cold storage and logistics, with customers including Tesco, Asda, Heinz, Youngs and Brakes.
With 12 depots across the UK creating a national cold chain network, Yearsley Group offers a 280,000-pallet storage capacity for manufacturers and retailers in the frozen food sector, with a 300-strong fleet of temperature controlled vehicles providing three-day, next-day and just-in-time delivery options. It also now offers ambient and freight forwarding services.