Fastway Couriers is building a $3.5m storage centre in Napier which it says could be the first of several warehouses it builds around the country to support customers.
Executive director Jason Windhager said as the economy had tightened, more and more businesses were looking to contract out their warehousing.
The Napier facility would be Fastway's first outsourced storage centre.
It was investigating building more, particularly in port towns and cities, Windhager said.
Hawke's Bay regional franchisee Dennis Paxie said the centre was being built on its existing site in the Napier suburb of Onekawa and would employ between five and 10 staff.
It would be open by February.
The 1800-square- metre centre would have capacity to store 2000 pallets, and include 450 square metres of cool storage for fresh produce.
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