Specialist food retailer Julian Graves is satisfying its appetite for growth with a 9,900 sq ft extension to its Black Country headquarters.
The company has agreed a deal with landlord London and Cambridge Properties to build additional warehousing space adjacent to Building 95 on the Pensnett Estate in Kingswinford.
Julian Graves' property director Neil Dixon said the extra space would be used to service new stores throughout the country and once operational could create up to ten jobs.
He said: "We opened 50 new stores last year and intend to open a similar number during 2006. Also the recent acquisition of Whittard of Chelsea brings our UK total to around 425 stores, which all need supplying week in, week out.
"We are constantly adding new stock lines, including kitchenware items as well as a huge range of snack products, and with this growth and diversification comes a clear need for more warehousing space."
Julian Graves has been based on the Pensnett Estate since 2000 and in that time has increased its presence from 21,000 to 43,855 sq ft. Facilities include a head office, factory shop, warehouse and a high tech processing centre which runs around the clock.
Mr Dixon added: "We have remained at Pensnett all these years because many of our skilled work-ers are from the local area."
Margaret Hopkins, LCP's marketing director, added: "The ability to respond to tenant's expansion requirements has contributed to our success over the years."