Travis Perkins has announced that it will open a new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Cardiff. The investment supports the strategy of making its service available to even more customers, from the larger contractors down to the smaller tradesmen.

The seven-acre facility will serve a large proportion of the South West and Wales, connecting a sixth of the entire Travis Perkins merchant branch network with the widest range of heavyside materials in the market.

Due to open in the second quarter of 2014, the Cardiff RDC will operate 24 hours a day and serve 94 Travis Perkins branches. Once fully operational, the facility will also support businesses in the wider Travis Perkins Group, and will eventually deliver products directly to online customers. The merchant’s investment in the locality is also expected to create up to 90 jobs.

Kevin Appleton, chairman of Travis Perkins, said: “The opening of this new Regional Distribution Centre in Cardiff is exciting news, not just for our customers who will benefit from an even wider range of products and improved service, but for our employees who are part of a constantly evolving company. This new site will also create a number of career opportunities for people in the local area.

“We are committed to making our products available when and where our customers need them, so that they are able to say yes to many more jobs on tighter timescales, with the reassurance that Travis Perkins can deliver. We announced plans to open another regional distribution centre in Warrington earlier this year, and this new site in Cardiff is further evidence of this commitment to delivering a market-leading service to all our customers.”