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Logical, logistical move for historic wine merchant

Berry Bros and Rudd Andover

An application has been submitted to Test Valley Council for Britain’s oldest wine merchant to move to Andover.

The Berry, Bros and Rudd facility will be used as a storage and distribution centre of refrigerated products. The company is over 300 years old and is still family run.

The wine merchant has already pre-let a 118,000 sqft warehouse at Andover Business Park, owned by property developer Goodmans, subject a planning permission request to TVBC.

The application has been submitted to the council which requests that the building will have 2,500 sq ft of office space as well as four dock and one ‘level access’ doors. If approved, the site will have over 10,000 square metres of space for storage of wines.

Andover Business Park is next to the Co-operative Group’s regional distribution centre.

The wine merchant has a rich and proud history, the company now know as Berry Bros & Rudd was started in 1698 was established by a woman who was both a widow and a mother, with at least two daughters – but only her last name is known: Bourne.

‘The Widow Bourne’ established a grocer’s in the prestigious neighbourhood opposite St. James’s Palace in London, which in that year (before Buckingham Palace) became the official residence of the monarch.

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David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.