British footwear company Church & Co will more than double the size of its Northampton factory after acquiring two plots of land.
The company, which is owned by Prada, purchased a 3.5 acre site adjacent to its St James factory – formerly occupied by the First Northampton bus depot – and 1.25 acres of land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency for an undisclosed amount.
The extension will add 130,000 sq ft to the 110,000 sq ft factory.
A planning application will now be submitted to develop a manufacturing facility to support growth plans. Around 150 new manufacturing jobs will be created as a result, increasing capacity from 250,000 to 300,000 pairs of shoes per year. Construction is expected to start in late 2014.
Church & Co also intends to build a new global distribution centre in 2016. It declined to comment on whether or not its Northampton distribution centre would close as a result.
Chief executive Stephen Etheridge said he was proud to be part of Northampton’s “heritage and bright future.”
He added: “It is an exciting time, and with our current site at maximum capacity we have been exploring a number of options. This gives us the opportunity to secure our long-term future in St James, which we consider to be key.”