Inverarity Morton relocates across Glasgow

Stephen RussellScotland’s largest independent wine and spirits merchant, Inverarity Morton has relocated its Glasgow headquarters.

After 40 years in Pollokshaws the company has invested £3 million in a 100,000 sq ft unit in Thornliebank Industrial Estate and will move its entire Glasgow operation to the new premises following an intensive five-month refurbishment.

Stephen Russell, managing director, said the business had been actively looking for a new depot for some time but had had difficulty finding the right site.

“As a wholesale business, we’re delivering goods up and down the country five days a week for our customers so being near a central road network was possibly the most important criterion in our search beyond simply the amount of space we would need to manage the handling and transportation of goods.

“We have simply outgrown our current unit and this site, with nearly 80,000sq ft of warehousing space on 3-4 acres of land, will see us well long after I’ve retired.”

The unit was purchased by the Bulloch family, who own a 75% share in the drinks wholesale firm, and will be leased back to Inverarity.  All 140 of IM’s Glasgow-based employees will move to the new unit which, as well as extensive warehousing, provides 16,000 sq ft of office accommodation for the company’s back-office team.

The Pollokshaws site, which is owned by the company and the Bulloch family, will be rented out.

As a composite drinks distributor to the licensed trade, Inverarity Morton employs over 200 people from its Glasgow and Milnathort depots and supplies over 3,000 on-trade outlets in Scotland.

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