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SEGRO signs John Lewis at Park Royal

SEGRO signs John Lewis at Park Royal

John Lewis and Mash Purveyors - distributors of quality fruit and vegetables to London's hotels and restaurants - have between them taken 161,000 sq ft at SEGRO's flagship warehouse and light industrial development, Origin in Park Royal, West London.

The redevelopment of the 22-acre site will create over 1,000 jobs, and the units have been developed sustainably to achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating.

With Phase 1 construction almost complete, Origin is another example of how SEGRO is delivering on its strategy to grow its edge-of-town urban distribution and light industrial facilities. Out of the initially available 150,000 sq ft in Phase 1, there is now only 36,650 sq ft remaining to let in this phase of the development.

The rise of e-commerce, coupled with the needs of London's ever-expanding population (set to reach over 10 million people by 2030), underlines the importance for distribution companies to be located as close to their customers as possible.

Once home to the Guinness brewery, Origin is eight miles from the centre of London and its proximity to the A40 means it is well placed for urban distribution and logistics companies to deliver their products and services.

John Lewis, the Oracle Retail Week Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014, has signed a 25-year lease for 108,000 sq ft of Grade A space which, subject to planning, will be built to suit its needs as part of Phase 2. Construction will begin in Spring 2015 and a total of 99,560 sq ft remains available across a range of units which are being marketed on a pre-let basis.

Mark Robinson, Director of Customer Delivery Operations at John Lewis, said: "The new facility will allow our business to service customers across West London in the most efficient way possible. The site will deliver products to customer homes across the capital, mainly furniture and large electrical items alongside the wide range of technical installation services we offer.

"The facility is purpose-built and will allow us to support the current and future demands on the network created by the significant growth ambitions we have, both through our department stores and our online business."

Charlie Mash of Mash Purveyors Ltd said: "I am delighted that we have secured a fantastic new site in London. The Mash family has been operating out of the food markets - supplying London's top restaurants and hotels with fresh produce - for seven generations, but it was vital to find new standalone premises for long-term security.

"The new premises at Origin are best located to continue to service our current clients, whilst accommodating future growth."

Alan Holland, Business Unit Director for SEGRO Greater London, said: "The meteoric rise of e-commerce and customer demand in and around population hubs like London is driving up the demand for quality industrial property from which companies like John Lewis and Mash Purveyors can efficiently distribute their goods and meet the needs of their customers.

"Based in the heart of the historic 'breadbasket' of London, Origin provides direct access to Central London, Heathrow and the A40 - key to the success of distribution companies - and we are thrilled to welcome such quality brands to Origin and are proud to play a fundamental part in their future.

"As a key economic generator to London, Origin and Park Royal will continue to support London businesses and  promoting growth. The latest deals with John Lewis and Mash Purveyors will deliver over 400 jobs at Origin - with more expected as Phase 2 is developed and the remaining space is let."

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