Spar International chief opens £30m Henderson redevelopment at Mallusk
A NEW £12.5 million warehouse designed to streamline logistics at the Henderson Group has been formally opened by the managing director of Spar International Tobias Wasmuht.
The 180,000 sq ft warehouse at Henderson's Hydepark headquarters in Mallusk, built by the Fermanagh-based Tracey Brothers, incorporates cutting-edge design from across the Spar International network, which operates in 44 countries and has annual retail sales of £33 billion.
The new facility - which is capable of handling 100,000 tonnes of goods a year - will streamline the service to 447 independent and company-owned stores which the family-owned Henderson Group supplies across the north.
The opening of the warehouse, which will store ambient products, is the most recently completed phase of a redevelopment scheme which will see Henderson Group invest more than £30m in land acquisition and new buildings at its headquarters.
The first phase saw the opening of its new group office building, 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 opened the warehouse during a visit to Northern Ireland to attend a Spar International logistics and technology conference, attended by 100 Spar delegates from all over the world.
He said: "We have been working with the Henderson Group for over 50 years to enable Spar to deliver to retailers and customers in Northern Ireland and investment in this new warehouse is an important step forward in allowing the brand to continue as the market leader in convenience retailing.
"Our focus is on listening, adapting and fine tuning our international best practices and combining the best of global with the best of local and the cutting-edge warehouse is a prime example of that. We work closely with our local partners to use their strengths combined with ours so that we grow together."
Henderson Group managing director Martin Agnew said: "We have seen excellent growth over the last 10 to 15 years and we simply outgrew the site we had.
"When the premises adjacent to our site became available in 2015 we purchased them and began planning and developing a completely new warehouse, one of the biggest of its kind in Northern Ireland and doubling our previous warehousing space."