Goodman Group has held a ceremony to mark the opening of the first warehouse at Kraków Airport Logistics Centre. Two customers have moved into the 14,000 m² warehouse and the third will move in next week. When construction began in October 2010 it was Goodman's first speculative development in Central Europe in 18 months.
"Our customers sought a location with well-developed infrastructure, where they could conduct operations in state-of-the-art facilities tailored to suit their needs," said Blazej Ciesielczak, Country Manager of Goodman Poland.
"We are confident that Kraków Airport Logistics Centre will live up to all of their expectations and that the expansion will attract a growing number of satisfied customers. In May, we commenced the construction of the second of nine warehouses at the center."
SCOT, a Kraków-based company specializing in printing equipment supplies, was the first customer to sign-up for the center, leasing 3,500 m² of warehouse space and 508 m² of office space.
"We are delighted to be the first customer to move into the Kraków Airport Logistics Centre. We are very happy with our new warehouse and office space, which was developed to an exceptional standard," said Pawel Pernal, President of the Management Board, SCOT.
In January, Goodman secured a lease for 3,500 m² of warehouse space and 366 m² of office space with Eurodruk-Kraków, a printing company specializing in the production of books, magazines and advertising materials.
"Goodman worked closely with us to provide a flexible and functional space that accommodates our printing facility. This is the ideal location for our company as it allows us to remain close to our customers," said Grazyna Zbitowska, Managing Director, Eurodruk-Kraków.
A further 3,500 m² of warehouse space and 350 m² of office space was leased in February to Farutex, a food distributor for the HoReCa sector,
"It was easy for us to partner with Goodman, they looked after every aspect of the development while we continued to focus on our business. We are confident that their in-house property services team will continue to meet our requirements," said Ewa Turkowiak, Marketing & PR Manager, Farutex.
In May 2010, ground works began at Kraków Airport Logistics Centre, with a target lease area of 160,000 m². The logistics center will comprise nine warehouses with additional office space, staff and technical areas. When fully operational, it is expected that up to 1,000 people will be employed by customers, making it the largest logistics center in Maùopolska province.
In line with Goodman's commitment to sustainability, 25% of the Krakow development will be landscaped and 700 trees will be planted around the perimeter. Goodman is also exploring the option of an innovative evaporation system for the warehouses using rainwater to cool the inside air temperature.
Kraków Airport Logistics Centre is located near Kraków, four kilometres from Kraków-Balice International Airport. Easy access is also provided by the proximity to the A4 expressway linking Kraków and Wroclaw.