Oamaru business Crombie & Price has expanded its premises, a project which is set to benefit the company in the long term.
The company officially opened its extended packing and distribution warehouse at its Torridge St base last Friday in front of invited guests.
Official duties were carried out by Crombie & Price owner Bevan Crombie and Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher.
The extension has added about 1000sqm to the company’s original 1200sqm warehouse, which managing director John Crombie said “virtually doubled” its space.
“We’ve got two bits. There’s the warehouse and the packing shed, as well. The benefit there is that they’re both under one roof, instead of three different roofs.
“The trucks will be on the premises instead of on the street, so there’s the safety aspect, too, and it’s a much more comfortable environment.”
He said the operation could be run more efficiently and the expansion would allow the business to expand the range of products it distributed, which included natural health and skincare products, bath and beauty products and free-form, specialty and convenience foods.
“We had started to have restrictions because we couldn’t take new product on, but now we can take it on.”
The company had also taken on additional staff.
“We’ve also just hired a couple of part-timers, so that’s been good.”
Crombie & Price was founded by Bevan Crombie, a qualified pharmacist, in 1971 after he identified a gap in the market for sourcing quality natural health products for his own pharmacy at a time when those products were rare.