Bestway is to open its first Batleys cash and carry depot in the South East this weekend.
The new 90,000sq ft development in Gillingham, Kent, brings the total number of Batleys depots to 19 and the number in the group to 51.
The Gillingham depot will offer about 20,000 lines, including a number of locally sourced products, with a strong focus on fresh foods. It will feature 11 checkouts with an additional three in a wine and spirits section and a further two in the separate pet foods depot.
Batleys operations manager Martin Race said: "This is a big moment for Batleys as we approach our 50th year in business. Sourcing locally is a key part of the product offering. We have a strong reputation in offering retailers support in the development of their businesses and believe that our extensive range of fresh products bought locally will be invaluable to customers."