Smyk’s e-commerce centre to be at Panattoni Logistics Hub

Children’s retailer Smyk’s new 70,000 sqm distribution and online store service centre 70,000 sqm to be erected at the Panattoni Central European Logistics Hub in Łódź.

Developer Panattoni Europe embarks on another project in its expanding portfolio dedicated to online shopping, this time for the Smyk Group ─ the international chain of specialist stores from Poland with products for children. The facility, which will house 70,000 sqm at full build-out, will be developed in several phases. Phase one provides for 26,000 sqm ─ with the warehousing section accounting for more than 96 per cent of the entire space (warehouse: 25,000 sqm, offices: 1,000 sqm). Due to the option for putting in a mezzanine, the warehouse will feature locally reinforced floor with loading capacity up to 7 T/sqm, as well as enhanced daylighting. The beginning of construction work on phase one is scheduled for early January and completion is anticipated in June 2018, with early access in May. The lease transaction was mediated by real estate consultancy JLL.

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Smyk is 40 years old – it opened its doors in December 1977 in Warsaw and quickly became popular. Over the years it strengthened its position in the domestic market, but the real breakthrough came in 2000, when the company started expanding by opening new stores in the major cities of Poland. The first SMYK Megastore was opened in 2010, and in 2011 the company launched its online store. Its ever-growing popularity has contributed to the fact that the company is entering its fifth decade in the market with a new online order fulfilment centre.

“The dynamic growth in online sales pushed forward our decision to go ahead with the new logistics centre to service this channel. By nearly tripling our current space we will be able to increase the number of customers and orders processed, and also to expand our product range and improve its availability. In our decision-making process, we took into account the facility’s growth potential, its location, distance from courier hubs and the central warehouse. Other factors which figured strongly was the location within the Łódź city limits and the existing transport connections,” said Michał Janikowski, Supply Chain Director at Smyk Group.

“Panattoni Europe specialises in delivering advanced facilities dedicated to businesses involved in e-commerce. This is because we respond fast to market needs, and today these tend to be connected with selling over the internet” comments Marek Dobrzycki, Managing Director Panattoni Europe, adding, “Tenant needs cover many aspects – starting from the location through to the shape of the structure”.

The facility for SMYK will be built as part of the Panattoni Central European Hub – the largest logistics complex in Poland delivered by the developer. The hub is situated at ul. Jędrzejowska, right next to the A1 – the only Polish motorway running north-south. The hub is just 30 km away from the Łódź Północ junction, where the A1 and A2 motorways intersect. The location has access to the intersection of the European east-west and north-south routes, as well as within administrative city limits, and will facilitate the tenants’ domestic and international logistics, as well as making it fast and easy for employees to get to work.

Source: KONKRET PR/Panattoni Europe

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