Frozen foods distributor Oops has signed a 10-year lease on a cold storage facility at Glenbrook and Himor Group’s Valley Road Industrial Estate.
The 100,000 sq ft letting forms part of Oops’ ambitious growth strategy, which outlines plans to build 30 food stores in the next 12 months.
The company, part of Liverpool-based food production firm KPFF, has already opened supermarkets in Bolton, Preston, and St Helens in the last year.
Developers Glenbrook and Himor bought the nine-acre industrial estate from Appreciate Group last year and the joint venture is in the process of refurbishing an existing 45,000 sq ft industrial unit on the site.
In addition, the companies are advancing plans to add a further 21,000 sq ft of industrial space across nine units, a scheme designed by SD Architects. The project is due to start in the second quarter of this year.
Chris Lloyd, investment director at Glenbrook, said: “Securing a tenant for a significant proportion of the site shortly after the purchase demonstrates the strength of the offer at Valley Road. The availability of labour, its location and the size of available accommodation will appeal to a range of occupiers.”
Noel Davis, chief executive of Oops, added: “Over the last six months our business has grown by 300%. The new site on the Wirral will provide us with a superb base to service our stores in Bolton, St. Helens and Preston and provide us with the platform we need to roll out our own frozen food retail brand.”
Harrocks Commercial Property represented Oops, and Legat Owen and LM6 represented Glenbrook.