Food wholesaler Bidfood has moved its Worthing depot to a site in West Sussex 60% larger than its previous home.
The new 64,000 sq ft site in Lancing is part of the business' plans to improve its infrastructure and has been developed with new facilities.
The depot is equipped with a range of food holding areas from a 25,000 sq ft ambient storage space, 13,700 sq ft freezer, 1,800 sq ft chilled store and a 7,400 sq ft chill marshall area. The building has also been designed to incorporate a large customer experience centre, which is currently in planning stages.
The space will facilitate Bidfood's work in partnership with food and drink suppliers to test and develop new products, as well as support with menu development and innovation for customers along the south coast. It will comprise a bar, deli, a fully operational industrial kitchen and non-food catering suite.
The site will include a variety of sustainable features, including: photocell lighting activation to reduce energy consumption, refrigeration that has zero ozone depletion potential and zero global warming potential, which should significantly reduce energy consumption, as well as sustainable building materials and a ‘SUDS' drainage system installed for storm water disposal.
Norman Wemyss, chief operating officer at Bidfood, said: "The site development is a great opportunity to help grow and support the local economy by providing new business opportunities along with more jobs."