Jack Straw MP was on hand last week to open GAP’s new warehouse facility in Blackburn, and to have a go at Number 10.
The opening signals the next phase of their five-year expansion plan, say the company. For example, the 1,500sq ft trade counter is a new format for customers allowing them to pick up items they want rather than waiting to be served. And, the 24-hour 45,000sq ft warehouse holds increased stock levels, which can be moved around to depots overnight.
During his visit Mr Straw was invited to attack Number 10 – literally! GAP erected a black Rockdoor imitating the home of the Prime Minister and asked Mr Straw to have a go at the door that ‘beat the bobbies’ with a 16Ib heavy duty sledge hammer, to prove how strong the doors are. He made little impact.
Joint managing director Charles Greensmith said: “It is a proud day for us. We are here to see the opening of our new distribution centre, which has been designed to give us future growth.
“We’ve got a plan to be able to deliver anywhere in the UK. This building is going to help us achieve this. The building also gives us a training centre for the continued development of our staff and customers. It is part of our commitment to train staff and customers and help improve our industry’s reputation.”
The company now has 11 depots since opening 14 years ago.