Top Norfolk fruit and vegetable merchant selects Broadland Business Park for distribution centre
Norfolk’s premier fruit and vegetable merchant, D&F McCarthy Limited, has chosen Broadland Business Park as the location of its new distribution centre.
Construction of the new 2000m2 facility will begin on Memorial Way early February 2009 and be ready for occupation by the end of the year.
Founded in 1877, McCarthys is a fifth generation family business that has grown to Norfolk’s leading independent supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables to shops and restaurants in the region, with a £10m turnover. The company was awarded Wholesaler of the Year in 2008. Managing director, Martin McCarthy, said: “We have been at our current city centre location for 40 years and during that time our business has changed immeasurably. We have outgrown the premises and our focus has shifted from cash and carry to mainly distribution. “Finding new, larger premises that would enable us to expand, explore new food service avenues and offer us excellent road links has been something we’ve been planning and saving for over many years. We chose Broadland Business Park because it is the perfect location and a very prestigious local site. We wanted to be part of that. With the A47 on our doorstep we will have easy access to all major routes in the region, enabling us to continue to improve our distribution network to existing and new customers. “By moving to Broadland Business Park we will also be able to use our fleet of trucks and vans more efficiently. Our entire 45-strong workforce is moving to the new site and with the development of new product lines we expect to create as many as 10 new jobs in the first five years.” Park occupiers and tenants include Norwich Union, Start-rite Shoes, BT, Norfolk Children’s Services, Bertram Books, Lloyds TSB Corporate Market, RBS, Homeserve, Lucas Fettes & Partners, the Health & Safety Executive, Makro, DHL, NHS Norfolk, Oceanteam and Menzies Distribution.