The property arm of the Foodstuffs supermarket giant has spent $3 million extending and upgrading a large Seaview warehouse, to serve as a new base for its trucking company AF Logistics.
Foodstuffs property and retail development manager Marty Price said the company bought the former Colgate Palmolive warehouse in Barnes St last November.
AF Logistics' lease at Todd Park, Porirua, had expired and there was no option for long-term renewal.
"Ultimately, we felt we needed to create a facility designed to specifically cater for AFL's size and needs, and this is something which Barnes St certainly promises to deliver now it has been completed," Price said.
"AFL is responsible for Foodstuffs Wellington's freight, logistics and storage. We believe this move gives the logistics business a lot more certainty."
The old Colgate Palmolive warehouse was extensively altered and extended with a new hard stand and canopy area.
This more than doubled its size to more than 11,800 square metres.
Design work was done by Tse Architects and the project was completed by Holmes Construction.
"The focus of the project was to transform 11 Barnes St from its current, run-down state into a modern distribution hub. A minimalist design approach has been taken, with all superfluous components stripped back to express the functional elements of the building. The new extension wraps around the existing warehouse, breathing new life into the site with its contemporary design.
"Foodstuffs Properties will be the landlord to the property and AF Logistics are expected to begin their tenancy from the end of this month on an initial 18-year lease term, with two rights of renewal of a further 10 years each," Price said.
- The Dominion Post
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