Easy Bathrooms announces £5m move to 330,000 sq. ft. HQ

Easy Bathrooms has announced a major deal to take on a purpose-built 330,000 sq. ft. facility at Calder Park in Wakefield, which will become its new state-of-the-art HQ and distribution centre.

Easy Bathrooms will invest £5m in the new facility. Alongside its 92 showrooms across the UK, it will mean their physical footprint will exceed 1million sq. ft.

The expansion will also pave the way for the creation of 100-150 new jobs at the head office over the next two years, as well as 373 new staff to be employed throughout the UK at new showrooms. Already employing 580 people, it will make Easy Bathrooms the largest employer within the UK bathroom market.

Due to open its 100th store before Christmas, the brand has opened an average of 20 showrooms per year since 2017 – and 34 in the past year alone – whilst growing revenue by 33% to £60m. By 2023, Easy Bathrooms will have 175 showrooms.

Craig Waddington, who founded Easy Bathrooms in 2012, said: “We have grown extraordinarily quickly, particularly during the pandemic.

“At our current HQ, we operate with just two roller shutters – there are no dock leveller doors – and we have just 7,000 pallet spaces. It’s incredible, and a testament to our warehouse team, that we’ve managed. Our stock has been spread across four smaller warehouses, which has been a logistical challenge. Our new site is 18m high at the eaves, and we will have 32 dock leveller doors; meaning that our fleet of vehicles can drive straight up to the warehouse ready to be loaded quickly and efficiently. We will be able to hold 58,000 pallets and significantly increase our stock holding, and which is important with the current global shipping disruptions.”

Easy Bathrooms’ £5m investment represents £2m worth of racking, £750,000 of Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) trucks as well as a state-of-the-art sprinkler system, forklift trucks and other specialist equipment.

“It will massively improve our customer service levels and allow us to double our own fleet of delivery vehicles – which is absolutely key to our growth,” continued Craig.

“At a time when others are asking staff to permanently work from home, and are closing bricks and mortar stores, we are proud to be expanding our footprint and securing jobs for people.”

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