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by Property Forum | Industrial

LPP SA, the biggest Polish clothing manufacturer in Central and Eastern Europe (owner of five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay) in line with its development strategy for the coming years, leased 25,400 sqm of industrial space from PNK Group in PNK Park SEREĎ in Slovakia. The contract provides for an option to lease another 7,300 sqm in the same building within three years. Therefore, the company could occupy the entire second building of the PNK Park SEREĎ with an area of 32,700 sqm. JLL acted as a consultant for the preparation and execution of this lease contract which is one of the biggest transactions recently recorded in the Slovak market.

LPP SA will use this building as an e-commerce fulfilment centre which will serve, besides Slovakia, the entire region of Central Europe. The company will focus on the automation of the warehouse processes in order to ensure high efficiency and shorten lead times. It is also planned to equip the facility with modern offices and a canteen to safeguard the best working conditions for the employees.

“We are pleased that such an important market player as LPP SA has chosen our industrial park. We managed to rent out the industrial buildings constructed in 2018 in just over six months,” said Azamat Yerzhanov, Partner of PNK Group Europe. “The transaction with LPP SA entails the possibility to lease 7,300 sqm in the finished building in PNK Park SEREĎ for a three-year term”.

“The decision on leasing a new warehouse in Slovakia, which will serve as an e-commerce fulfilment centre, is an integral part of our strategy concerning the development of the international distribution network. The location and the facility itself have been carefully selected, in close cooperation with JLL Slovakia. They meet several criteria, such as proximity to the LPP’s key markets, availability of workforce and technical specification of the building allowing for the implementation of the state-of-the-art intralogistics technology and automation of the Fulfilment process in the near future,” explains Piotr Dopierała, LPP Logistics Director.

At present, LPP’s online stores are served by fulfilment centres in Gdańsk, Stryków and Moscow and their total industrial space amounts to over 70,000 sqm. Soon, the network will be extended by a warehouse in Romania (22,000 sqm), which is currently under construction.

“The new fulfilment centre in Slovakia will play a crucial role in LPP’s distribution network, ensuring the highest standard of service to the customers of our online stores not only in Slovakia but also in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This investment will soon allow us to offer all customers of our five fashion brands on these markets, the next business day deliveries and even same day deliveries in a few locations. This, in turn, will help the company to significantly boost its competitiveness,” adds Piotr Dopierała.

The new warehouse will create jobs for several hundred people. The Polish clothing manufacturer, currently employing over 25 thousand people on three continents, is known for its long-standing commitment to ensuring high standards of working conditions for its employees. This time will be no exception. LPP, in cooperation with PNK Group and JLL (Tétris), has already started working on modern solutions in this respect in its new warehouse in Slovakia. According to the company, these conditions will reflect the highest world standards.

“LPP has chosen Slovakia because we were able to present a highly competitive and quality product which can easily compete with the most modern logistics properties across Europe. This transaction is not only significant by its proportions, but it also sends a very positive signal that the Slovak logistic market does not have to be solely dependent on the companies from the automotive industry starting their operations and growing their business there. To bring such a significant player, its strategic operations and not to mention new important employer to Slovakia, makes our team very proud,” adds Samuel Šporka, Head of Leasing at JLL Slovakia.

Located near the R1 expressway, the PNK Park SEREĎ has convenient and easy access to Bratislava (55 km) via D1 highway and good road transport links to Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Besides two ready-made facilities, the park will consist of three buildings with a total area of 227,000 sqm which are suitable to be used as warehouses, distribution centres, and for light industrial purposes as well. The buildings are made entirely of reinforced concrete frames. The industrial facilities have a BREEM pass certificate and comply with FM Global international property insurance standards.