Mercadona Buys Another 136,000 m2 of Land in Parc Sagunt for €16.6M

13 June 2019 – Valencia Plaza

Mercadona is continuing to buy up land in Parc Sagunt (Valencia). The supermarket company has formalised the purchase of 6 more plots of land spanning 136,000 m2 on the industrial and logistics park for €16.6 million.

The aim of this purchase is to expand the logistics facilities that the company led by Juan Roig is currently building on the largest plot in the complex, which spans more than 350,000 m2.

The latest plots to be acquired are located next to the other plots that the supermarket giant purchased in 2017 and will house auxiliary services.

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by Xavi Moret)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Mercadona Buys Land for its Online Logistics Hub in Alicante

27 March 2019 – Expansión

The supermarket chain Mercadona has acquired some plots of land in Alicante, where it is planning to open its second logistics platform in the Community of Valencia for its ever-expanding online shopping project.

The plots span a surface area of 18,550 m2 and are expected to be operational by 2020. The site will join another hub that is already operational in Valencia, as well as others under development in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.

The plot in Alicante is located on Carretera de Ocaña and will serve the city of Alicante and municipalities around the province.

Original story: Expansión 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Inditex Caused the Ministry of Development’s Results to Soar in Galicia in 2017

13 November 2018 – Economía Digital

Inditex purchased more square metres of land from the Ministry of Development’s land manager than the Xunta sells in one year. In a single transaction, the company owned by Amancio Ortega acquired 218,000 m2 of land last year spread over 26 plots on the A Laracha industrial estate (A Coruña) from the company Suelo Empresarial del Atlántico, controlled by the department led by José Luis Ábalos.

The implementation of the multinational’s new logistics hub to complement the group’s central complex in Arteixo, multiplied the revenues and profits of the Ministry of Development’s land manager, which has 13 industrial estates up for sale in Galicia, but which faces serious difficulties when it comes to selling the plots unless it offers them  significant discounts.

The Inditex effect: revenues multiplied by six

Last year, Suelo Empresarial del Atlántico multiplied its revenues by six, up from €2.5 million in 2016 to €15.7 million in 2017. Of that amount, €13.4 million proceeded from the plots sold in A Laracha, the industrial estate chosen by Inditex. The remainder (€1.1 million) was invoiced in Rianxo or was received through subsidies to the business parks of Cee, Muros, Vimianzo and Rianxo itself, given that the entity is a recipient of European funds.

The dependence on a single operation in 2017, the one involving Inditex, shows the difficulties faced when it comes to finding companies to set up shop in Galicia, both for the property developer of the Xunta, which in just two years since its creation has sold 200,000 m2, as well as for the Suelo Empresarial del Atlántico, formerly Plan Galicia promoted by José María Aznar in 2003 to compensate the Prestige disaster.

The purchases by the textile giant also caused the profits of the land manager to soar, up from €53,554 to €444,500, an eight-fold rise. Suelo Empresarial del Atlántico is owned by the Xunta (15%) and by Abanca (1.6%), although the bulk of its share capital, more than 83%, is in the hands of the Ministry of Development through the Public Land Management Company (‘Entidad Pública Empresarial de Suelo’ or Sepes) (…).

Original story: Economía Digital (by Rubén Rodríguez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Segro Buys Factory in Mollet del Vallès to Convert into Logistics Hub

5 February 2018 – Press Release

Segro, the British investment fund specialising in the real estate-logistics sector, has acquired a 7-hectare plot in Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona). The site has a privileged location with immediate access to the A-7 (France-Madrid) and the C17, which leads directly to Barcelona, 21km away.

The property is going to be remodelled to provide space (40,000 m2) for urban storage and logistics, and is suitable for a single occupant but could be subdivided into units measuring 6,000 m2 – 7,000 m2. The construction work will begin during the course of 2019.

This acquisition comes soon after Segro’s recent acquisitions in Getafe (Madrid) and Sant Esteve Sesrovires (Barcelona) and further strengthens the firm’s growing presence in Spain, where it now owns nine assets in Madrid and Barcelona.

David Alcázar, Director of Segro Spain adds: “Our priority in Spain, like in other places, is to build modern, high-quality assets, not focusing exclusively on quantity. For that reason, we only choose strategic locations in the most dynamic regions of Spain. Our objective is to create and build innovative, high-quality warehouses for our clients, constructing environmentally responsible Class A buildings for urban distribution and logistics”.

Segro has also been holding conversations with the Town Hall of Mollet del Vallès and the municipal government has expressed its willingness to collaborate in new business ventures such as this one involving Segro, which as the mayor of Mollet, Josep Monràs, confirms “may generate work and offer opportunities to the citizens of Mollet del Vallès”.

Segro focuses on the investment and development of buildings with a long-term perspective, helping to attract business and activity in strategic areas, through its clients that are installed on its sites. It also specialises in the reconversion of industrial opportunities, thanks to its extensive experience in Europe.

About Segro

Segro is a listed British real estate investment company (Socimi) and a market leader in Europe in the management, promotion and construction of logistics and industrial assets. Segro owns and manages a portfolio of properties spanning 6.3 million m2, with a market value of GBP 8.0 billion, offering services to various clients in the logistics and industrial sector. Its parks are located in the main distribution and transport hubs of the countries in which it has a presence. It owns some of the leading logistics parks and transport centres in Europe (…).

Original story: Press Release

Translation: Carmel Drake

Madrid & Valencia Led The Logistics Market In October

6 November 2017 – Cadena de Suministro

The month of October was marked by the developments carried out by Mercadona, Grupo Lar and Inditex in the Community of Valencia; as well as by the transfer of DB Schenker’s operations in Madrid, Invesco’s new development in Getafe and Neinver’s purchase of a 40,000 m2 site (also in Madrid).

The Spanish logistics market is continuing to perform well, as demonstrated by the increase in demand in Madrid (+57%) and Valencia (+35%) during the 9 months to September. It is precisely in Valencia where, in October, TH Real Estate acquired the logistics platform that serves Carrefour.

Meanwhile, in the Spanish capital, Neinver incorporated 40,000 m2 of logistics space into its portfolio, located in an industrial estate in the town of Getafe; and in Zaragoza, Ibercaja sold two warehouses, measuring 15,926 m² and 11,170 m² in PlaZa to Savills Investment Management.

At the international level, one of the most noteworthy operations last month was the purchase of IDI Gazeley by Global Logistics Properties for €2,400 million. The acquisition of Logicor also pushed ahead, for which China Investment will pay €12,250 million, in a deal that has finally been approved by the European Union.

New developments

In terms of new developments, Madrid and the Community of Valencia headed up the leaderboard once again. Mercadona formalised its purchase of a 358,270 m2 plot in Parc Sagunt, where it is going to build its largest logistics centre in Spain, whilst Lar España committed to starting work soon on the construction of its logistics park in the Valencian town of Cheste.

Meanwhile, Inditex plans to expand its facilities in the Alicante town of Elche, where it has a platform dedicated to footwear. In the same way, it plans to open a new centre in Marchamalo, in the Corredor del Henares area, at the end of 2018.

In Madrid, the operator DB Schenker moved and unified the operations of all of its divisions into a new location in Vicálvaro, where the Port Authority of Valencia is considering establishing an intermodal logistics platform.

Meanwhile, Invesco started building new facilities on the Puerta Mayor Los Gavilanes Business Park, in the town of Getafe. In terms of Barcelona, which saw less activity in the logistics market in October, Kiabi announced it is about to start operations at its new centre in La Bisbal de Panadés.

In other geographic regions, the Ministry of Development found a definitive location for the logistics platform in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo. Moreover, the Junta de Andalucía announced that it will spend some of its budget for 2018 on turning the autonomous region into a logistics hub, capable of leveraging the traffic that connects Europe with the North of Africa and America.

Operations involving logistics clients

One of the most important developments undertaken by the business sector in Spain in October was the opening of Elektro 3’s logistics platform in Tarragona, with a surface area of 16,000 m2, and of Covestro’s platform in the same province. Moreover, the Construction Platform was opened in the Madrilenian town of Pinto, spanning 33,000 m2 and the equivalent version was opened in Froiz, Vigo, measuring 1,700 m2.

Construction work also started at Berlys’ new plant for frozen products in the Navarran town of Tajonar as well as on the plant for Frutas E. Sánchez in Mercamadrid, which will be operative from Q1 2018 and November 2018, respectively.

In this context, the spare parts distributor Diesel Technic announced that it will move its warehouse from Alcalá de Henares to the Casablanca II de Rockspring platform in Torrejón de Ardoz; and the Zaragoza-based company Casa Matachín said that is planning to invest €21 million on the construction of a logistics platform in PlaZa.

Original story: Cadena de Suministro

Translation: Carmel Drake

Land Use In Espai Vila-Real May Be Modified

20 October 2017 – El Periódico Mediterráneo

“Clearly, times have changed”. With that phrase, José Benlloch, the mayor of Vila-real, acknowledged that the plots of land in Espai Vila-real may be reclassified (in terms of their use), now that the Government has decided that the intermodal station will not be constructed in Castellón.

One door closes, but others open, and the Town Hall wants to be prepared not to waste its opportunities. It is for that reason that Benlloch is planning to meet the owners of the land, spanning 1 million m2, which comprises this Comprehensive Action Plan (PAI), to find out “what options are being considered in terms of its ownership and to inform them about the current possibilities”.

The mayor seems willing to modify the uses of the land if necessary and to “change the terms of the program, provided there are expectations on the part of the owners”. The one option the municipal corporation has ruled out is the large shopping centre that the Popular Government’s team, led by Juan José Rubert, planned in 2007. That plan included, amongst other matters, the arrival of the Swedish multinational Ikea in the town.

Mediterranean Corridor

One of the options that is gaining strength at the moment is the conversion of these plots, located opposite Porcelanosa, into a logistics hub, linked to the construction of the third strand of the Mediterranean Corridor. Such infrastructure is being demanded not only by the Regional Government but also by most of Valencia’s businesses. “We are aware that if this goes ahead, users will need places for storing goods temporarily, and we think that these plots are perfect for that, given that they are located in the heart of a very industrial district, La Plana Baixa”, explained the mayor.

Even though this idea will be on the table at the meeting between the Town Hall and the landowners, Benlloch is convinced that this question may be “compatible” with other proposals linked to the installation of new industries and projects relating to services, as well as the business that may be negotiated over the next few months. That said, the mayor wants to begin the new phase that is been opened by drawing “a roadmap that is shared” with the owners.

Original story: El Periódico Mediterráneo (by Xavi Prera)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Cilsa Buys 52,000 m2 Of Logistics Warehouses In Port Of Barcelona

12 July 2017 – Eje Prime

A logistics operation has been closed in the port of Barcelona. Cilsa, the management company of the ZAL zone at the Port of Barcelona and in which the Socimi Merlin Properties owns a stake, has agreed with the Socimi Luri 6 (formerly Santander Banif) to acquire 51,988 m2 of warehouses located in the port area for €16.4 million.

The warehouses acquired by Cilsa have an occupancy rate of 77%, in such a way that the company currently has 11,767 m2 of available space to lease. The operation will be formalised with a loan issued by the Port of Barcelona.

With these new assets, Cilsa will have 451,032 m2 of warehouses at the ZAL Port, which it leases out, as well as a Service Center office building measuring 11,250 m2.

In addition, Cilsa has granted surface area rights to clients who have constructed another 232,000 m2. Last year, the company recorded a gross operating profit of €20 million and a net profit of €5.2 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Lar Buys 200,000 m2 Plot In Cheste To Build Logistics Park

13 February 2017 – El Mundo

It has not even been built yet, but the Ciudad Circuito de Cheste industrial estate is already making its name as an important logistics hub in Valencia. Lidl, which has already announced that it is going to build a new logistics platform here, is now going to be joined by Lar España. The Socimi has acquired around 200,000 m2 of land in the municipality of Cheste, next to the A-3 motorway and just 5km from the intersection with the Mediterranean Highway, on which it plans to build a new logistics park, .

The land acquired by Lar España is located just a few metres from the Circuito Ricardo Tormo, a strategic point in the region of Valencia, given that it is the junction where the roads to the centre and south of the Peninsula meet. In addition, it is just 17 km from Manises Airport and around 30 km from the Port of Valencia, which has become the main entry and exit port for goods.

The operation by Lar España is independent of the one already announced by the German retailer although both were signed on Wednesday 25 January 2017, according to confirmations yesterday from a municipal source. Lidl’s logistics platform is going to occupy a surface area covering 120,000 m2 and with Lar’s purchase, one third of the industrial estate, whose total surface area will amount to 900,000 m2, has already been occupied, before the development of the site has even begun. (…).

Original story: El Mundo (by Francisco Álvarez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Leche Pascual Group Leases 11,000m2 Warehouse In Madrid

20 January 2017 – Mis Naves

ProEquity has leased 11,220 m2 of space in the Casablanca logistics platform in Torrejón de Ardoz, to the Leche Pascual Group. As such, the dairy group has become the first tenant at the site.

The operation includes offices covering 669m2, which have been adapted to suit the operator’s requirements, as well as 149 parking spaces.

The Casablanca logistics platform has been developed on a plot of land measuring 84,968m2, of which 47,500 m2 corresponds to leasable surface area. It comprises two independent warehouses and it is located in the main hub for logistics and distribution operations in Madrid, 20km from the city centre and 10km from Barajas airport.

The site has direct access to the A-2 motorway connecting Madrid and Barcelona, which represents a key factor for distribution and logistics companies.

The platform is owned by the investment fund Rockspring which, according to John Thompson, Director of the branch in Spain, is in negotiations to lease another 20,000 m2, which could result in an occupancy rate of more than 60% of the available space.

Rockspring currently manages a portfolio of logistics space amounting to €800 million across France, the UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands. It also has a reserve of land with potential to develop up to 240,000 m2 of space.

Original story: Mis Naves

Translation: Carmel Drake