More than 300 people attended Meyer Timber’s two open days at its giant Stoke on Trent depot last week.

Stoke started trading at the end of last year, but Meyer delayed holding the open event for customers and product suppliers until the site’s refurbishment and fit out was more complete.

“We’ve now installed 680 new racking slots and added another 20 box trucks and five artics to our Stoke fleet to enhance our next day delivery service on orders placed by 5pm,” said group trading director Richard Lazenby. “We also wanted to have our melamine cut and edge shelving facility fully up and running and this now has capacity for 30,000 pieces a week.”

Guests at the open day were given a tour of Stoke’s 650,000ft² warehouse and processing facilities. Another star attraction was the new £150,000, 6,000ft² exhibition and training centre. This was co-funded by 16 key Meyer suppliers, which each have a display. It also includes a Visual Display System facility which customers can use to model kitchen, bedroom and bathroom layouts and “populate” them with the 108 Egger decors Meyer has in stock.

According to Mr Lazenby, visitors also showed interest in the education centre, where customers can receive product training “in a really professional environment.”

Overall, he said the open event was a “really positive couple of days”.