27 February 2017 – Expansión
The distribution giant Amazon is preparing to make its debut in the 22@ technological district of Barcelona. The company is negotiating the rental of 13,000 m2 of office space in the future Luxa building, which is being promoted by the Castellví group. If the agreement is signed, it will represent the latest chapter in the company’s recent offensive to expand its presence in Cataluña.
Sources close to the negotiations indicate that the agreement between the two parties may be signed within the next three weeks. Meanwhile, spokespeople for Amazon and Castellví have declined to comment on the information.
The Luxa building is going to be split into two units: the main section will have a surface area of 9,920 m2, whilst the second building will add another 6,494 m2 of space. Between the two, there will be almost 17,000 m2 of office space, which means that Amazon will occupy 75% of the total.
The likely arrival of Amazon in 22@, which was revealed by the website Ejeprime, confirms the boom times that the area is enjoying. Another recent high-profile operation involved the technology company Schibsted, which last week announced its plans to move into an office building promoted by the real estate firm Colonial.
In recent months, Amazon has made a strong commitment to Cataluña. The company led by Jeff Bezos will open a 60,000 m2 logistics centre in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) in the autumn, following a €200 million investment. And a few months ago, the giant inaugurated another logistics centre, measuring 28,000 m2, in Castellbisbal (Barcelona). Meanwhile, at the beginning of last year, the firm opened a collection point in el Eixample.
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Translation: Carmel Drake