Bidfood has moved its Worthing depot to a brand new 64,000 sq. ft site in Lancing, 60% larger than its previous home. The new depot has created a 20% increase in local jobs. The depot is equipped with a range of food holding areas, including a 25k sq. ft ambient storage space, 13.7k sq. ft freezer, 1.8k sq. ft chilled store and a 7.4k sq. ft chill marshall area. The building has also been designed to incorporate a large customer experience centre, currently in planning.
The space will facilitate Bidfood’s work in partnership with food and drink suppliers to test and develop new products, as well as support with menu development and innovation for customers along the South Coast. It will comprise a bar, deli, a fully operational industrial kitchen and non-food catering suite, as well as a large office space and brand new warehouse.
The move is set to provide more local career opportunities, from drivers to telesales professionals. The new office will offer a Sunday telesales service to streamline Bidfood’s customer service along the South Coast, from Bognor Regis, to Winchelsea and as far inland as West Horsley in Surrey.
The site will include a variety of sustainable features including photocell lighting activation to reduce energy consumption, refrigeration that has zero ozone depletion and global warming potential, sustainable building materials and a ‘SUDS’ drainage system for storm water disposal.