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IM Properties completes 302,000 sq ft distribution deal with Oak Furniture Land, at DC2 Swindon

wantspacegotspace.co.uk - IM Properties completes 302,000 sq ft distribution deal with Oak Furniture Land, at DC2 SwindonIM Properties has completed one of the largest industrial lettings of the year with Oak Furniture Land, the UK’s largest retailer of solid hardwood furniture.

Oak Furniture Land has taken the whole of IM Properties’ prime 302,000 sq ft distribution warehouse, known as DC2, on South Marston Park, Swindon, on a 15 year lease.

Currently operating from four premises in Swindon, the move will enable the ambitious retailer to store and distribute its products under one roof while employing more than 200 members of staff.

Fast-growing Oak Furniture Land was also attracted by the building’s expansion opportunities - where up to 150,000 sq ft of expansion space can be developed, subject to planning, for the tenant in situ.  

South Marston Park has a prime position being strategically located between London and Bristol and is approximately five miles to the north of Junction 15 of the M4 motorway. The park is home to a number of national and international companies including Honda, Aldi, M&S, B&Q, TDG and Nissin.

Oak Furniture Land Property Director, Steve Kettel said: “The DC2 unit will provide us with the opportunity to streamline our storage and distribution processes, bringing the majority of our operations under one roof and allowing us to service our customers more effectively.

“Swindon is a great location for Oak Furniture Land, and the size of the unit, together with the possibility for future expansion, enables us to look forward with a clear strategy over the coming years."

Rob Hemus, Asset Manager at IM properties, added: “We are very pleased to welcome OFL to DC2 and to complete one of the biggest deals in the distribution market this year.  We are also looking forward to developing a strong relationship with OFL, including the opportunity to potentially expand the unit in the future to support their targeted growth plans.

“IM Properties purchased this building in 2007 as we were confident of its letting prospects.  To secure Oak Furniture Land within 6 months of Morrisons’ departure pays testament to its quality and location.”

Cushman & Wakefield and Jones Lang LaSalle were the joint letting agents acting on behalf of IM Properties. The deal was completed within just 3 weeks of the terms being agreed.

Gordon Reynolds of Cushman & Wakefield added: “We are very pleased to have completed this deal in such a quick timeframe following a minimal marketing period.

“There is a shortage of good quality distribution units across the UK and DC2, with its 75m yard was one of the best in the country.  The speed of this letting clearly demonstrates the strong levels of demand for quality standing product in key locations.”

Posted by The Editor (wantspacegotspace) on 6th November 2012 (updated 08/11/2012)

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