Huge expansion of The Original Factory Shop HQ in Burnley

PENDLE firm Barnfield Construction has signed an agreement with The Original Factory Shop to build a new 100,000 sq ft extension at its head office on the Orient Business Park,Burnley.

The design and build contract, to be carried out over the next five months, will increase the department store chain’s HQ by nearly double, to 250,000 sq ft as part of The Original Factory Shop’s business plan to sustain its rapid expansion over the next five years.

The Original Factory Shop is a national UK non-food convenience retailer, with more than 160 stores operating in local markets and 2,600 employees. It provides its customers, often in rural locations, access to well known brands at great prices. 

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Its head office in Burnley controls all aspects and running of the stores and is home to a number of departments including buying, merchandising, human resources, marketing, distribution, accounts and property.

Mr Tim Webber, Managing Director at Barnfield Construction Ltd is pleased to see the completion of the deal. He said: “We previously owned all of the land the head office is situated on, having built the unit for Vita Achter some years previously, but sold a proportion three years ago to Alpinemoor Pension Fund. To complete the deal with The Original Factory Shop, Barnfield Construction reacquired 40,000 sq ft of warehousing and associated land at the site. We are delighted with the outcome of this agreement.”

Mr Gareth Hutchinson, Financial Director of the Factory Shop says: “We are very pleased to be working with Barnfield Construction for this vital part of our expansion. We are committed to investing in the region and employing locally where we can. We look forward to working closely on the project over the coming months.”