Foodservice provider Bidfood has extended its reach in the north of England with the opening of a new depot in Penrith, Cumbria.
The depot was acquired from Blakemore Cash and Carry and sees the transfer of local staff previously employed at the site over to the Bidfood team.
The depot features a 21,357 sq ft ambient centre and 5,078 sq ft freezer development and it will service a variety of customers within the region, including Centre Parcs and Beacon Hill School. To help streamline customer services, the depot also has a customer click and collect service and a same day Delivery option.
Norman Wemyss, chief operating officer at Bidfood, said: "Having started my foodservice career many years ago in Carlisle, I understand the desire that customers have to trade with wholesalers who are truly embedded within the local community. Whether that is through involvement in local projects, providing employment for local people, or supplying locally-sourced products.
"In order for Bidfood to continue to meet local caterers' needs, it's vital for us to offer a truly local service, with most of our depots no more than 80 miles away from our customers. The investment into the new Penrith depot will help us to continue to deliver this."
Alan Joyce, general manager at the Penrith depot, said: "These are exciting times for Bidfood. Penrith is strategically placed so that we can improve our service offering into the surrounding areas of Keswick, Windermere, Carlisle, Workington and Penrith."