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Amazon settles on Warrington… for now

Amazon settles on Warrington… for now

Amazon’s search for a 1m sq ft North West warehouse has ended - for now - in a letting one-tenth the size it has been looking for.

The giant online retailer has signed up for the former 90,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer warehouse in Warrington in a deal with Manchester landlords Property Alliance.

The rent is £5.25 a sq ft, and it is understood that Amazon has signed a 12-month rolling lease.

The warehouse is to cope with growing demand and seasonal peaks, it is believed.

Property Alliance is now likely to postpone plans to redevelop the warehouse as a higher-band 125,000 sq ft property.

Amazon has been searching for a 1m sq ft North West warehouse for two years. The requirements has been suspended and revived a number of times as it struggles to find a site at the right price.

Rumours of a deal in locations as far apart as Merseyside, North Wales, Manchester and even Doncaster have so far proved unfounded.

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