Primark is to open a 40,000 sq m distribution centre at Mönchengladbach in north west Germany to serve its growing network of retail stores in Belgium Germany and the Netherlands.
The purpose-built facility will be operated by DHL Supply Chain when it opens in the middle of next year. It will be used to warehouse and dispatch fashion garments in cartons and will also feature a hanging garment racking and rail transport system. DHL will handle all warehouse based activities together with transport from the logistics centre to the growing number of Primark stores.
Martin White, Primark’s supply chain director, said: “Primark will be focusing on expansion over the coming years. We chose DHL as our logistics partner for a number of reasons – its comprehensive presence in Europe, the successful delivery of similar projects and its openness to our needs and requirements.”
The new facility will be located in the “Regiopark” near motorways A61 and A46. The site will include a four-section warehouse as well as a two-storey structure for functional rooms and offices; it will also employ energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies.
Primark opened its first store in Continental Europe in the Netherlands in December 2008. It entered the German retail market a year later in 2009. It now has 225 stores throughout Western Europe.