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March 2018
Warehouse & industrial

Within city limits for Panattoni

Tomasz Cudowski

Within city limits for Panattoni
Panattoni Central European Logistics Hub in Łódź

POLAND Panattoni Europe has started construction work on its first logistics park in Białystok in north-eastern Poland. Panattoni Park Białystok will comprise three buildings with a combined area of 40,620 sqm (3,818 sqm, 22,321 sqm and 14,481 sqm) – 50 pct of which has already been pre-leased.

The completion of the entire complex is scheduled for Q3 2018 and the first tenants should move in as early as July. “Białystok, in the heart of the Podlasie region, is a part of the country that has seen considerable growth and is attracting many tenants, both from Poland and abroad. We should not overlook the enormous importance of the universities here, the investment by the city, and the success of the Białystok subzone of the Suwałki special economic zone,” says Dorota Jagodzińska, the managing director of Panattoni Europe. Panattoni Park Białystok will lie within Białystok’s city limits, near the city’s bypass and 60 km from Kuźnica and the border with Belarus. The project is app. 1 km from the S8 (European route E67), which connects Wrocław, Łódź, Warsaw and Białystok.

Retailers flock to Łó

Children’s clothing chain Smyk chain has leased 70,000 sqm of warehouse space in Panattoni Central European Logistics Hub in Łódź for its distribution and online store service centre. The project is to be built in a number of stages, the first of which will comprise 25,000 sqm of warehouse and 1,000 sqm of office space. Completion is scheduled for June 2018. “When making our decision, we took into account the centre’s potential for growth, and its location, including its distance from courier hubs and our central warehouse. Other factors of importance were its being within the city limits of Łódź and the existing transport connections,” says Michał Janikowski, the supply chain director at Smyk. The tenant was represented by JLL during the negotiations. Electronics retailer Media Expert has also taken 73,300 sqm in the centre. The lease comprises 72,000 sqm of warehousing with the remaining space to be used for office and social facilities. The new logistics centre is to provide goods for the chain’s online sales and is also to supply its traditional brick and mortar stores. “The advantageous location of the Central European Logistics Hub in the heart of Poland is of key importance to us for our growing omni-channel and online sales. We want the deliveries to our individual customers to proceed even smoother, and to make the time between placing a product into a virtual shopping basket and its delivery to its final destination as short as possible” says Michał Mystkowski, the press officer at Media Expert.

Ready by the summer

“The Media Expert centre is to be built as a part of the Central European Logistics Hub – the largest distribution centre in Poland, which we are creating, a modern warehouse hub, so to speak. Its first tenant was BSH SprzętGospodarstwaDomowego, which took up a building with close to 80,000 sqm, and Smyk is also to be moving as early as this June into a centre for its online sales, which is planned to reach 70,000 sqm at full build-out. The hub’s location in Central Poland, within the city limits of Łódź, and the existing transport connections are for sure beyond compare, not only nationwide, but also throughout all of Europe,” states Marek Dobrzycki, the managing director of Panattoni Europe. The hub, which will be situated 30 km from the Łódź Północ junction of the A1 motorway, will be constructed on ul. Jędrzejowska with work to begin in Q2 this year and is to be BREEAM certified.

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