North scores dreamy deal

Posted on 1 Feb 2011 by The Manufacturer

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has selected Heywood Distribution Park, north of Manchester, for its first specific manufacturing unit in the UK.

Established in 1937, Krispy Kreme opened its first UK store in Harrods, London, back in 2003. The move to Heywood Distribution Park is the latest stage of the company’s rapid expansion and the new facility will enable it to expand its presence across the North West. The company has taken Unit B12H, totalling 5,392 sq ft, on a ten-year lease with a five-year break.The unit will house a manufacturing line and processing kitchen with the ability to produce 3,000 doughnuts an hour.

Rob Hunt, Chief Financial Officer at Krispy Kreme UK, says: “We looked at a number of industrial parks across the North West but Heywood proved to be the perfect location for us, not only because of its fantastic transport links but also because it is brand new and therefore, highly suitable for food grade use. This move is the next step for our expansion plans to double the number of stores in the next five years”

Jane Leedham, Leasing Manager at Heywood Distribution Park, says: “We are extremely pleased that Krispy Kreme chose Heywood Distribution Park for its new UK manufacturing facility, especially as this will be the first of its kind in the country. We have developed an excellent relationship with the team at Krispy Kreme, which is extremely important to us, and we have worked hard to ensure we meet all of the company’s requirements.”