New jobs as Toolstation opens its first branch at Exmouth’s Liverton Business Park
Toolstation is the first company to move into the new Harpford Units at Liverton Business Park, built by Clinton Devon Estates to support economic growth in Exmouth and the wider East Devon.
The company, which supplies tools, accessories and building equipment to the trade and home improvers, was founded in 2003 and is rapidly expanding with over 250 branches nationwide and a further 30 in the pipeline this year.
Philip MacLaughlan, agent for Toolstation, said: “Exmouth was on a list of target locations for the company and Liverton Business Park’s Harpford Units were able to provide exactly what we needed. It will also be mutually beneficial to be close to neighbours who operate in complimentary businesses.”
In addition to a wide range of tools, Toolstation stocks over 11,000 products including electrical, plumbing, screws, fixings, trade essentials and top trade brands.
Leigh Rix, Head of Property and Land for Clinton Devon Estates said: “Toolstation are the first to move into the new Harpford Units on Liverton Business Park and we are very pleased to have been able to support their business growth plan which has created seven new jobs in Exmouth.
“There has been a huge amount of interest in the six Harpford Units since we completed construction at the end of last year and we reserved all but one of them. We will be revealing who the new business tenants are over the coming weeks,” added Mr Rix.
Andrew Hosking of Stratton Creber Commercial who introduced Toolstation, negotiated the terms and, together with joint agent Malcolm Williams of Harrison Lavers and Potburys, is marketing The Harpford Units. He said: “To have secured such a major tenant as the first occupier in this new development is particularly pleasing, as is the speed with which the transaction was completed.”
Four of the Harpford Units are 1,250 sq ft (116m2) and two are 2,500 sq ft (232m2) with roller doors, ample parking and an option for a counter and mezzanine floor.
Liverton Business Park opened in the 1990s to serve Exmouth and East Devon and in recent years has been expanded to alleviate the shortage of serviced employment space in the town.
In 2013 a new five-hectare site to the north of the park opened, offering purpose-built space for light industry, storage and distribution.