Matthew Clark Wholesale Relocates to Thorp Arch Estate


National drinks distributor Matthew Clark Wholesale Ltd has relocated to a new purpose built distribution facility at Thorp Arch Estate, near Wetherby.

The firm, which distributes both soft and alcoholic drinks to thousands of hotels, clubs, pubs and restaurants across the north of England, has relocated to the 62,925 sq ft site, Unit 512.

The move was one of the biggest commercial property deals in Yorkshire over the last 18 months.

The relocation has meant that 90 jobs have been transferred to the Thorp Arch Estate, which has seen Matthew Clark Wholesale move its Yorkshire operation from the Derwent Valley Industrial Estate, in Dunnington, near York. The firm had previously been based there for over 15 years.

The Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust owns the Thorp Arch Estate.

Unit 512 is the third biggest unit on the 385-acre Thorp Arch Estate, a former wartime munitions factory, and the largest warehouse that Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust has built for a new tenant

Director of Wharfedale Property Management, which manages the estate for owner, Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, Tim Munns, commented: “The completion of the Matthew Clark Wholesale Ltd relocation is further evidence that Thorp Arch Estate is becoming the top destination for businesses across north Leeds, Harrogate and York which want to expand and be near the motorway network but do not want to move to the M62 corridor.“

The new Matthew Clark Wholesale distribution hub will include nine dock levellers, two level-entry goods access doors, a large goods yard and 6,350 sq ft of office space.

Property and construction consultants, LHL Group, York, managed the construction for Rockspring.

Ian Gordon, Matthew Clark’s regional managing director, Ian Gordon, commented: “We are delighted with our brand new depot, providing us with more space to operate and allowing us to be closer to the motorway network, all of which serve our customers better within the region.

“These factors were crucial when it came to choosing the new location as we continuously look to strengthening the service to our customers.”



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