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Commercial property specialists Bruton Knowles have stepped in to launch a citywide search for new accommodation for Gloucester’s Foodbank.

 

The centre is rapidly running out of storage space at its Whitfield Centre HQ on the Great Western Road and is in urgent need of alternative accommodation in order to meet the needs of hundreds of people from the city.

 

William Matthews from the firm’s Gloucester office is leading the search for a storage space in the 3,000 sq foot bracket.

 

William said: “The foodbank takes donations from individuals and supermarkets and distributes goods to needy people in the city. They already have a street side unit but need to find a warehouse to store bulk items. They have around 600 crates of food due to arrive in June and need somewhere suitable to store and sort it.”

 

Gloucester Foodbank operates on a charitable basis with limited income through donations.

 

“We are actively helping them by looking at availability and using our network of business contacts to see if we can help.”

 

But there could be other benefits: “We are appealing to landlords with vacant premises in this size bracket as charity occupants can gain business rates relief.”

 

Gloucester Foodbank warehouse manager Gerry Malecki said the centre had served 5,500 clients in the past 12 months and the number of people in need was growing all the time.

 

“We were storing foodstuffs such as cereals, tins and packets in a vacant office block in the  old Walls building at Barnwood but had to move out. We are storing food at the Whitfield Centre at the moment but we are up to the rafters and have more deliveries arriving all the time.

 

“We are up against the wall and it’s vital that we find alternative storage accommodation.”

 

William Matthews concluded: “It is surprising just how many people take advantage of the fantastic facility. Anybody with a suitable property in mind should contact me asap.”

 

If you can help with offers of accommodation contact William Matthews at William.matthews@brutonknowles.co.uk

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