The American company A&E Clothing Corporation has signed a lease agreement for over 7,500 sq m. Office and warehouse space in the emerging logistics park Panattoni Park Olsztyn. The investment will be the first and so far the only used clothing sorting plant located outside the United States located in Europe. AXI IMMO was responsible for comprehensive service and conducting negotiations on behalf of the client.
A&E Clothing Corporation is an American distributor of used clothing. Since 1996 the company has been providing services for both non-profit organizations and commercial companies. A&E Clothing Corporation collects unwanted textiles and other household items and then recycles them through wholesale resale in the United States and developing countries – mainly Asia, Africa and Europe. High turnover allowed A&E Clothing Corporation to offer the best quality used premium clothing.
‘For over 10 years, Poland has confirmed that it is one of the best locations for companies that are considering their expansion in Europe. Key factors include investments in the development of road infrastructure, transport opportunities, and above all access to qualified employees. For the sake of these facts, the decision to choose Olsztyn as our first investment in Europe was very aware. We are a company that cares about the highest standards in all areas of our business. A key aspect of achieving them is the well-qualified staff, which is the unquestioned, the greatest value of the company. We want to create a stable and effective communication of the employer’s brand, which will allow us, as in the United States, to become a reliable and important employer on the local market. In our new facility, equipped with an automated clothing sorting line, we are ultimately going to employ over 100 people, ‘said Kamil Jakimiak, President of the Management Board of A&E Clothing Polska.
‘Congratulations to the client on choosing Olsztyn as his first location in Europe. The new investment will help in expanding sales markets and better brand position on the continent. Warmia and Mazury is a growing market on the map of the Polish warehouse map, however, it is already famous for its large potential, which will be gaining in importance in the coming years, including the commissioned subsequent modernized fragments of the S7 expressway from Warsaw to the Tri-City, as well as large resources of qualified employees from nearby cities. During the location selection phase, we took into account logistics centres in the north of Poland, near the port of Gdansk. However, after analysing the lease terms, among others the possibility of expansion and attractive labour market, the decision was made to choose Olsztyn. This is another ambitious project that we were able to implement with a company just entering the European market, ‘said Danuta Dzierżak, Associate Director in the department of logistics and warehouse, AXI IMMO.
Panattoni Park Olsztyn is an emerging logistics centre that will ultimately consist of two modern class A halls with a total area of over 36,000 sq m. The warehouse park will be located in the Stawiguda commune, about 7.5 km from the centre of Olsztyn, next to the South node connecting the S51 route with the S16 and about 20 km from the S7 route. Tenants at the disposal of the logistics centre were flexible warehouse and office modules, large manoeuvring areas, zero gates and LED lighting in BREEAM Very Good certification. The developer announced in the spring of 2020 the construction of the first larger hall with a size of about 24,000 sq m.