27 October 2017 – Eje Prime
Amazon is redoubling its commitment to Barcelona. The US group has leased a plot of land in the city’s Zona Franca Consortium, which will become its fifth logistics centre in Cataluña. The plot of land measures 20,000 m2 and the plan is to build a warehouse on the site, with a surface area of 9,300 m2, according to Expansión.
The US group has agreed to pay €7.6/m2/month to the property developer Goodman, according to sources familiar with the operation. Sources at Amazon have declined to confirm or deny the operation, which is likely to have been signed during the third quarter of the year.
The decision to locate the new logistics centre in the Zona Franca reflects Amazon’s willingness to establish itself strategically close to the city of Barcelona, given that proximity is a key factor for the distribution of last mile delivery products.
Goodman plans to build another warehouse measuring approximately 10,000 m2 close the warehouse that the US company will occupy, although it does not have a tenant for that property yet.
Following this deal, Amazon will have five logistics centres in Cataluña (in El Prat de Llobregat, Castellbisbal, Martorelles and Eixample), and it plans to open a new research and development centre specialising in artificial intelligence, which will employ more than 100 people.
The company started to set up its own structure in the country in 2012, with the launch of its first complex in Illescas (Toledo). In Madrid, it opened a large complex in San Fernando de Henares and it is currently building two more in Alcobendas and Getafe. In Barcelona, the group is finalising the launch of its platform in El Prat, whilst it has one platform in Valencia and is building another one in Sevilla.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake