Rochester Countdown

Great news! We're opening a brand new cash and carry in Rochester on 1st March 2015. At 14,000 square feet, it will house more than 5,000 branded and own label confectionery products in addition to a selection of soft drinks and other supplies for confectionery retailing. This page records our countdown to opening day and lets you know how the work inside the depot is getting on. We'll update you every week or so and bring you comments from the new Rochester team as it forms.

Hancocks Rochester address

691 Maidstone Road




This is just a mile from junction 3 of the M2 and a stone's throw from Booker. The manager is Chris Griffiths and the assistant manager is Steve Kitchenham.


Watch week by week as we create your brand new Hancocks Rochester!


23rd February 2015

Fancy some American confectionery? We've got that on the shelves alongside pick and mix, children's sweets, branded confectionery and plenty of own label; all ready for 1st March.

We got some great local coverage on Kent Online last week too. You can click here to read it now. It's down to finishing touches during the last days before opening and we're getting very excited indeed!

   Rochester American

16th February 2015

Hancocks Rochester is really starting to take shape now and the external signage is going up which will help passers by understand what is coming soon; the team is working all hours to get the job done in time for opening day. Meanwhile, the buyers have put together a simply incredible set of special offers to mark the launch of Rochester. Available for two weeks in Rochester only, a trip to see us in early March is extremely worthwhile.

  Rochester signage

11th February 2015

How the days are flying past. We've now launched a depot page on our website to introduce Hancocks Rochester and manager Chris Griffiths. There's also a map to help you find us. CLICK HERE to see it now. With regard to the development of the depot, more and more lorries are turning up with stock - this takes place over a number of weeks and gives you some idea of the amount of different confectionery products we offer under one roof!

   Deliveries at Rochester

30th January 2015

Well it's almost one month to go until the opening day and the first product sits on the shelf. It takes quite a number of deliveries and many hands to stock up the shelves with 5,000 branded and own label products! We've also made a start on creating the desks for the tills and the all important customer service point so that we are ready to welcome everyone through the door.

  Rochester product



20th January 2015

Do you like our shiny new barrows? All ready to be stacked high with wholesale confectionery once we open on 1st March. It's been a busy week at Hancocks Rochester. The racking and shelf strips are now installed and the end boards are fitted, so it is all taking shape. We are starting to recruit the team that will work with Chris and Steve and so we'll introduce you to some faces very soon.

  Hancocks Rochester barrows

12th January 2015

Installation of the racking and shelving is well underway now and we can show you the first image of the inside - such a shiny new cash & carry! The alarm system is installed and progress is good. Still a huge amount to do before 1st March though, but we do have the advantage of having done this a few times before. We're looking forward to welcoming new customers to Hancocks in Rochester.

  Rochester Racking

5th January 2015

Back to it after the New Year now. This week sees work start on the electrics and computer wiring for the new depot whilst a shiny new forklift truck arrives in adition to all the racking and shelving. Now there's a big job. Having developed a detailed plan for the layout of the cash and carry, we’ll get straight on with erecting the racking to the exact requirements of the plan.

  Rochester delivery

December 2014

Well that's better, we now have a fine looking building to work with. We're planning the layout on the inside now and sourcing the materials that we now need to turn this into Hancocks Rochester by late February.

  Hancocks Rochester Dec 14
Late November 2014

Here's how our shiny new depot looks! We seem to be missing a wall...the building used to be a Comet electrical store and some building worked has been required before we can take the building on. It also used to be a Landmark cash and carry apparently.

   Rochester Nov 14