Hopes are pinned that JD Sports will finally sign on the dotted line for a 616,000 sq ft distribution centre in Rochdale making it the largest deal secured in the region for at least five years.
The mega-shed is due to be built at the 420 acre Kingsway Park which is being developed by a joint venture of developer Wilson Bowden and the Northwest Regional Development Agency, and supported by Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale Council.
Planning was secured for a 616,000 sq ft facility in January last year. The consent is for a 592,500 sq ft warehouse which will include 250,000 sq ft of mezzanine space for storage and assembly purposes as well as 22,500 sq ft of office space.
The warehouse will boast 16m eaves and will have 24 loading doors as well as a 50kN/sq m floor loading. There is also a depot office of some 1,250 sq ft.
If that deal clinches then it will act as a catalyst for further large scale development at Kingsway.
P3 Property Consultants and JLL are the letting agents at Kingsway.