Supermarket giant Iceland has become the second company to agree to occupy a huge new distribution centre which is coming to Cheshire next year. The food store chain has signed a 20-year deal to move into the Omega West development near Warrington, which is expected to be completed in Autumn 2023.
The 184-acre, 2.21 million sq ft development is an extension of Miller Developments’ Omega Business Park which is based at Junction 8 of the M62. Work on the new distribution centre is set to start in September and David Milloy, managing director at Miller Developments, says there has been a lot of interest from prospective occupiers.
He explained: “Since we obtained planning consent for Omega West, occupier interest has been very strong.” Infrastructure work is already underway for unit one – a 878,000 sq ft distribution facility – which will be occupied by discount retailer Home Bargains, reports BusinessLive.
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Reacting further to the Iceland deal, Mr Milloy said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts with Iceland and are pleased they have chosen Omega as the location of their new distribution centre, to support their continued growth.” He added: “Omega West forms a natural extension to the existing Omega Business Park, which has reached capacity following the recent lettings to Amazon and Gousto.
“It offers an opportunity to meet the undisputed demand for logistics space in the North West, whilst delivering meaningful economic and social benefits to both St Helens and Warrington Boroughs.” Iceland’s property and acquisitions director Simon Anderson said: “We are very pleased to have secured this building on what is now the North West’s premier logistics park; we look forward to working with Miller and their team on its delivery.”
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