A £12.5m warehouse designed to streamline logistics at the Henderson Group has been opened by the managing director of SPAR International. Tobias Wasmuht officially opened the new 180,000 sq ft warehouse at Henderson Group headquarters at Hydepark in Mallusk this week.
The warehouse incorporates cutting-edge design from across the SPAR International network, which operates in 44 countries, with over 12,500 stores and annual retail sales of over £33bn. As the owner of the SPAR franchise in Northern Ireland, Henderson Group is part of the global network. This new facility is set to benefit 447 independent and company owned stores which it supplies across Northern Ireland.
The opening of the domed warehouse, which will store ambient products, is the most recently completed phase of a redevelopment scheme which will see the Henderson Group invest over £30m in land acquisition and new buildings at the Group’s headquarters.
The first phase saw the opening of Henderson Group’s new group office building at Mallusk, an investment of £3.5m, earlier this year. The next phase will involve the redevelopment of the company’s chilled and frozen distribution warehouse on the same site, another £12.5m project. Mr Wasmuht said: “SPAR International is the world’s largest voluntary food retail chain and the key to our success is finding the right partners.