The Kellogg company has confirmed its 525,000 sq ft warehouse letting at Bericote’s 525 Haydock, thought to be the region’s largest speculative industrial unit.
The cereal and snacks giant agreed the multimillion-pound deal earlier this month and plans to occupy the property from 1 April.
The warehouse in St Helen’s will be the company’s biggest in the UK and serve as a base to distribute its brands including Corn Flakes, Coco Pops and Pringles across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Kellogg’s already has factories in Manchester and Wrexham and a UK head office in Salford’s MediaCity.
The 91-acre site, developed by Bericote with funding from US investor Hillwood, is located on the A580 East Lancashire Road 1.5 miles west of Junction 23 of the M6.
The site is adjacent to the Haydock Industrial Estate in St Helens, and the new Liverpool2 deepwater port is 16 miles to the west.
CBRE, DTRE and Avison Young acted as agents on the deal.
The Kellogg’s facility is anticipated to create 70 jobs in the St Helens area in addition to the 1,500 people already employed by the company in the North West and North Wales.
Chris Silcock, head of Kellogg’s in the UK, said: “We’ve been proud to call the North West of England home since 1938 and, with all our British operations stretching from Manchester into North Wales, this move shows our renewed commitment to the region.
“It’s great to be able to open a base in St Helens and expand into the Liverpool City-Region in support of our broader business’s growth ambition.”