Delivery management business Whistl has started operating from Harworth Group’s Logistics North near Bolton.
The 225,000 sq ft super-depot consolidates the group’s previous centres in Warrington and Leeds into one site with greater capacity for future expansion of its mail, packet and parcel and e-commerce fulfilment business.
Whistl began installing machinery in April, having signed a 10-year lease for the Logistics 225 building in February. Construction of the 225 building, along with the neighbouring 175 building, was funded by M&G Real Estate. The scheme sits at junction 4 of the M61.
Whistl said it expects to create 500 jobs at the site and has been working with Bolton Council to recruit people to the centre.
Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said: “It is fantastic to see this depot open, and to see Whistl joining the likes of Aldi, Lidl and MBDA on this flagship development.
“We have been working closely with Whistl, through the Team Bolton Partnership, on employment and training opportunities for our residents. So far we have ring-fenced 60 vacancies for people who have been out of work long-term and more recruitment is planned for later in the year.”