Birchall expansion on Burnley Bridge

Just two and a half years after moving to larger premises, a successful family business has its sights set on further expansion.

Award-winning Birchall Foodservice more than doubled the size of their HQ when they purchased Cobalt House on Burnley Bridge Business Park in January 2015. But with the business growing faster than predicted, they are now reaching capacity status at their new home.

In response, the company has this week purchased a connecting site, securing the opportunity for future development.

The two-acre site currently houses an obsolete two-storey office/workshop complex, which will be demolished to make way for a warehouse expansion. In the short term, the surrounding land will help ease site congestion for visitor parking, along with the company’s expanding delivery fleet.

Company MD Justin Birchall said: “Having more than doubled our warehouse space by relocating to this site only 30 months ago, we hadn‘t predicted that our growth at this stage would be as big as it is. Obviously we’re really pleased but we needed to ensure we have plans in place to facilitate the next stage of our growth.

“Therefore the adjacent site becoming available was extremely fortuitous and, despite the challenges of tackling a brownfield site, we are determined to develop this location into a productive facility benefitting the company, its employees and the community.”


Birchall Foodservice is an independent, family-owned business with depots in Burnley, Wrexham, Durham, Sheffield and Stafford. The company employs 100 people.

The company was established in 1939 and is a founder member of the Country Range Group. Company founder George Chichester Birchall started wholesale deliveries from an off-licence in Abel Street, Burnley, in 1915.

For more information, please contact Janine Nelson at Hakima Communications on 07989 307405 or email Janine@hakima-comms.co.uk