An established Banbury firm whose main office was destroyed by a serious fire exactly two years ago has opened its brand new depot.
The catastrophic fire at the Oak Cash and Carry building on Beaumont Road back in 2013 was so severe it spread to the adjoining building of Gem Tool Hire and completely destroyed it.
But despite the setback the business opened its new depot on Monday with an official ceremony, moving its 16 members of staff from their temporary accommodation based further down Beaumont Road.
Steve Moore, managing director of Gem Tool Hire, said: “It is a bit of a relief really as it has been a lot of hard work for a couple of years in the temporary accomodation. The new building is modern and very heavily insulated with under floor heating and LED lighting. The build process took about 12 months to complete and is about the same size as our old site.”
The business has been based in the town since 1979 and also stocks a variety of tool and plant equipment to traders at their other sites in Bicester and Rugby.
They now operate under one roof in Banbury and Mr Moore also thanked their loyal customers.
He added: “We’d all like to thank everyone for sticking with us through this time and we look forward to seeing them all again soon.”