Fifty new roles could be created by Gardiner Brothers & Co’s moving to a new Gloucester business park, but hundreds more new jobs could be in the pipeline on the site by the end of 2021.
Work is underway at St Modwen Park Gloucester, off junction 12 of the M5, to build five new warehouses expected to create 400 new jobs.
Family business Gardiner Brothers & Co revealing its plans to move into a new headquarters in Gloucester, creating 50 new roles, is just part of a much bigger picture of job creation.
Back in 2013 the footwear and workwear distributor was celebrating plans to double the size of its then base at Quedgeley West Business Park by moving into a new 34,700 square feet warehouse.
Now it has signed a 10-year agreement on a new 116,000 sq ft unit at the 58-acre site St Modwen Park Gloucester, and when that building and four other units are ready this autumn predictions are they will help create 400 jobs.
When work first started on the site, off junction 12 of the M5, in March 2020 St Modwen predicted the total development would deliver near one million square foot of space and create 1,250 jobs.
Peter Davies, development director at St Modwen Logistics, said: ‘St. Modwen Park Gloucester is a prime site for logistics businesses in the region, significantly boosting the local economy with new employment opportunities.’
James Gardiner, chief executive officer at Gardiner Brothers & Co, which can trace its roots back to Alvin Street, Gloucester, in 1860, said: ‘The scheme is so well located, which will naturally bring many benefits to us as a company – particularly with the direct motorway access.
‘We eagerly await the completion of the unit and look forward to growing our business here.’
The firm joins two other Gloucestershire-born success stories on the site – ADEY Innovation and ProCook on the site.
Together the five new units are expected to offer more than 300,000 square feet of space.
Joint agents for the scheme are Alder King Property Consultants and DTRE.
Adrian Rowley, partner at Brockworth-based Alder King, added: ‘Gardiner Brothers’ decision to move to St Modwen Park Gloucester illustrates the need for new, high-specification industrial space across all sizes in the region and further justifies the decision to continue the speculative development of units at the scheme.’
By Andrew Merrell