Bestway Wholesale Group’s 60th depot, and its second in the Newcastle area, is due to open on April 20 at 6am.
The Team Valley depot at Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead will provide about 80,000sq ft of selling space on a former printing works site covering about four acres.
The depot will have 58 staff, with 43 who are new to Bestway, and the general manager will be Naveed Anwar, who was previously at the Manchester depot.
He said: “Team Valley is here to serve customers from Newcastle, north of Gateshead, Northumberland and Cumbria, and we have set up a butchery department for the first time in the northern region.”
He said there would be 7.5 linear metres of butchery freezers, in addition to another 98.7 linear metres of freezers and a large range of fresh and chilled foods for both retailers and caterers.
He added that for the opening there would be a “killer deal” for target customers for the first seven days following the opening, and an exclusive five weeks opening promotion.
In line with Bestway’s sustainability drive all electrical fittings such as lighting, air conditioning and freezers/chillers will be the latest low energy devices to minimise carbon emissions.