Work has started on a cold storage warehouse which will create more than 150 jobs near Stanley.
Newcold Ltd’s warehouse is part of a redevelopment of Newmarket Lane, where Wakefield Wildcats planned to build a new community stadium.
The club are considering staying at their Rapid Solicitors stadium in Belle Vue instead of moving to a new £19m ground at the site.
Newcold said its new warehouse would bring more than 150 warehouse jobs and up to 80 construction jobs while it is being built.
The new warehouse, which includes an access road and improvements to road junctions, is expected to be open in 12 months’ time, supplying retailers around Yorkshire.
Newcold Ltd’s UK director Ray Perry said the site was chosen because of its proximity to motorway networks.
He said: “There are so many food retailers in Yorkshire and we decided we needed to be in the heart of that to supply our products.”
The Wildcats were relying on business units to be built at the site to help kickstart the stadium development. Mr Perry said the club’s decision to stay at Belle Vue would not affect their plans for the site.