Confectionery wholesaler expands into scheme near Wetherby

Confectionery wholesaler expands into scheme near Wetherby
Bon Bon’s General Manager, Mark Rowntree with Wharfedale Property Management Director, Tim Munns.

Building work has completed on a new 15,000 sq ft commercial unit for confectionery wholesaler Bon Bon’s at Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

6 Ash Way is part of Ash Way III, an extension of the existing Ash Way development and is North Yorkshire’s largest speculative, multi-occupancy commercial development currently under construction.

Bon Bon’s, led by Yorkshire businessman Mark Rowntree, moved into a 13,300 sq ft unit on the Thorp Arch Estate in 2014.

It has now expanded to also occupy 6 Ash Way as part of an operational re-organisation following its diversification into healthy snacking with the launch of The Real Good Food Co, selling a range of flavoured and speciality nuts and seeds.

Mr Rowntree says: “We are probably the UK’s largest hand-packing confectionery business and the additional space provided by 6 Ash Way will allow us to re-organise our operation to provide more packing capacity in our existing unit and to use 6 Ash Way entirely as a bulk holding and dispatch warehouse.

“Wharfedale Property Management manages the estate and has been very supportive in helping us to expand and has guided us through the entire process.

“Thorp Arch Estate is a great business location, close to the motorway network, and we are confident of continuing our expansion, which is seeing double digit sales growth.”

Wharfedale Property Management Director, Tim Munns, said: “Bon Bon’s commitment to expand into Ash Way III gave estate owner, Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, confidence to invest in this high-quality speculative scheme and we are delighted that they have now moved in. There is already a great deal of interest in the remaining units.”