Belgium already has its fair share of European Distribution Centres (EDC), due to its central and strategic position, but now another one is to join them. Groep Heylen is to construct a logistics complex of some 50,000 m² at Grobbedonk, in the Antwerp East Port zone. Of this space, broker JLL has let the majority – 40,000 m² – to a logistics services provider who will operate it on behalf of a third party. As yet the name of this third party has not been released.
This location, which is at one end of the most sought-after logistics axis in Belgium – Brussels-Antwerp – was a major plus point in its selection by its future users. Ignace Casteleyn, Associate Director, Industrial Leasing at JLL, confirms: “It is clear that the Antwerp East Port concept attracts the major logistics service providers. It enables the traffic routes around Antwerp to be decongested, and they normally see thousands of trucks a day. And on top of this, transport between the links in the logistics chain is saved: the goods go directly from the boats to the distribution centre without ever going on public roads. The economic and ecological added value is clear”.
Source: Pro Realestate