THE delivery company whose Worcester warehouse burned down in April is opening a new distribution centre in Droitwich Spa.

ArrowXL has also confirmed plans to rebuild the Worcester warehouse at the Blackpole East industrial estate.

The Droitwich Spa hub, located at Berry Hill Industrial Estate, will open in September and will support operations at the company’s warehouse in Chepstow, which was opened following the fire.

The company is currently bussing employees from Worcester to Chepstow and back on a daily basis, and this is set to continue.

ArrowXL has also confirmed that a special team has been formed to manage a two-year long project to rebuild the Worcester warehouse, where it has operated from since August 1994.

The move will provide a boost to the local economy, as well as creating up to 50 new jobs once the reconstruction is complete.

Chief executive Ian Howell said: “We are very excited to confirm that plans are in place to rebuild our Worcester facility, which we anticipate will reopen in 2019.

"ArrowXL has a strong affiliation with Worcester and the surrounding area, with hundreds of employees living across the region. Our first choice has always been to remain in the city, whilst continuing to support the local economy.

"I am extremely proud of how the whole ArrowXL family has reacted and responded to the fire. The team has spent considerable time sourcing and preparing the Droitwich Spa site, which will enable our business to continue providing exceptional levels of service to our customers.

"I would like to send my sincere thanks to all our employees from Worcester who have travelled to work at alternative sites."

Seventy firefighters from 14 stations, including Malvern and Ledbury, rushed to the scene on Thursday, April 20, and worked for hours to bring the flames under control.

No-one was injured, but the 200,000 square foot building was gutted.