Arrow XL will point the way

A warehouse with stock ready for distribution at Arrow XL distribution centre
A warehouse with stock ready for distribution at Arrow XL distribution centre

ARROW XL’S flagship site in Wigan will be expanded later this summer, providing a significant opportunity for economic growth and employment.

The warehouses, distribution centre and management hub at Martland Mill already spreads over 550,000sq ft and an additional 200,000sq ft floor space is expected to be added by the end of the year.

Vast warehouses the size of aircraft hangers, full from wall to wall with large kitchen goods show the sheer scale of the operation. To give an idea of size, the facilities have a capability to house 170,000 washing machines.

Arrow XL’s expansion could be a much needed shot in the arm for Wigan’s job market. The site is just a matter of metres away from several other Wigan businesses that have not fared so well this year and have entered administration - including HW Glass and Vanmaster Caravans.

Chief Executive Gary Monk told the Evening Post that the company has plans for “ambitious growth” and would be recruiting from the local area when it is appropriate.

He said: “Our Wigan hub is at the centre of Arrow XL’s operations, helping to deliver 12,000 products to 6,000 homes a day. We already employ 500 people in the borough and we ourselves as an integral part of the local community.

“Our plan is to build the business - we have already increased our permanent head count by 30 since moving to the area and as we grow, we anticipate further employment opportunities in the future.”

A wide range of jobs may be becoming available at the site, from roles in the warehouse and delivery networks to IT and head office roles in the hub’s offices which are also due for redevelopment in the summer.

And the site is now available to businesses to use their vast warehouse space for storage options, including use of their delivery services should it be necessary.

Mr Monk said: “As a business committed to innovation, we have opened up the Wigan facility to local enterprises for all sizes, providing flexible storage which can support seasonal trading volumes and with no fixed costs.

“We already have a community of retailers storing products within our facility and with a direct feed into our national delivery network.

“Wigan is of great strategic importance for us and that’s why we’ve chosen to base our head office here. We’re able to take advantage of the excellent transport links - allowing us to manage consumer goods all the way from the container ship to the customer which is a unique proposition in the town man delivery market.”

He added: “Our ultimate goal is growth, both for us and the local community.”

Arrow XL has already established itself as the leading two-man delivery specialist and sales director Steve Salt believes they offer more than the usual door-to-door service.

He said: “When our teams deliver goods such as kitchen appliances or televisions, they will go inside and install them for you. We know that people don’t want to be spending time with their new products getting them set up, they want them ready to go as soon as they are delivered.

“We offer that service and that sets us apart I think from our competitors. It is also a reason why many sellers want to use our delivery network. We go beyond the front door.”