Kitwave agrees deal for new northern distribution centre in Wakefield

Wholesaler Kitwave has secured a four-acre site in Wakefield for its new 65,000 sq ft northern distribution centre.

The company will take space at Wakefield Hub, a logistics site capable of accommodating in excess of 1.5 million sq ft and located at Junction 30 of the M62 with direct links to Junction 42 of the M1.

Kitwave acquired HB Clark, the Wakefield based wholesaler, in 2016. The relocation to Wakefield Hub will support HB Clark's continued growth and investment in the region.

Paul Young, managing director at Kitwave, said: "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."

The site will be brought forward by a recently-signed joint venture agreement between Henry Boot Developments and Yorkcourt.

Kitwave will join cold chain logistics provider NewCold Ltd, which currently occupies a 420,000 sq ft, 42-metre-high unit at the site.

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."

Yorkcourt managing director Colin Mackie 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."