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Laying the first stone of Carrefour’s new logistics centre in Nîmes Mitra (France)

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Goodman Group (“Goodman” or “Group”), a global leader in the ownership, management and development of industrial real estate, celebrated the laying of the first stone for the second logistics centre it is developing for Carrefour, one of the world’s largest retailers. The ceremony was led by Benoît Chappey, Head of Business Development for Goodman in France, Thierry Quaranta, Logistics Operations Supply Chain Director for Carrefour France, and Yvan Lachaud, President of the Nîmes Métropole region. 

Built on a 21 hectare site, the logistics centre will include a 68,000 sqm warehouse, with the possibility of extending the facility by an additional 12,000 sqm.  The building will feature T5 lighting in the warehouse and LED lighting in the offices, a rainwater collection system and designated green areas. These specifications will meet all the requirements of BREEAM certification for sustainable construction and environmental performance.

Jérôme Le Bléis, Supply Chain Director for Carrefour France, emphasised the importance of the new centre: “The modern Nîmes site is a perfect fit for our operational requirements and is a considerable asset for the brand in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azure region.”

Deploying a modern supply chain network
This facility is part of an ongoing process to simplify and modernise the retailer’s supply chain network. The aim is to provide the best possible working conditions, optimise the supply and product availability for Carrefour’s full range of branded stores, while reducing transport costs and limiting its environmental impact.

The project in Nîmes relied on close collaboration with Nîmes Métropole and SAT (the planning organisation for the region), making it possible to obtain the land and all of the necessary planning permissions within a short timeframe.

Goodman will deliver a centre that meets a number of ICPE (Classified Facilities for the Protection of the Environment) guidelines, allowing Carrefour to stock a wide range of products.

“This project is the result of an effective collaboration between Goodman and Carrefour,” said Benoît Chappey, Head of Business Development for Goodman in France. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to develop this high quality facility for our customer. Our expertise, combined with our ability to work closely with the authorities and local partners, has allowed us to meet Carrefour’s needs and requirements.”

Strategically located
Yvan Lachaud, President of Nîmes Métropole, commented: “We are very pleased with the success of this project, which is due in particular to the quality of the collaboration with Goodman, and we are delighted to welcome Carrefour to the heart of our territory. The transport and logistics sector has always been of strong economic importance for our region and this new project confirms the ability of the region to offer tailored solutions that foster business development.” 

The Saint-Gilles site benefits from the region’s strong infrastructure, including being in close proximity to the Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport and direct access to the A54 motorway. Additionally, the A7 is in close reach, connecting the site to Montpellier and Lyon, and TGV train services are available in Nîmes, approximately 10 kilometres away. 

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About Goodman 

Goodman is an integrated property group that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space across Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Brazil. The Group invests in industrial estates and warehouse and distribution centres. 

Goodman also offers a range of listed and unlisted investment vehicles, including its flagship European managed partnership, Goodman European Partnership (GEP) (recent rebrand of the Goodman European Logistics Fund). Through prudent investment management, quality assets and active property management, the Partnership provides its capital partners with stable income returns driven from investments in logistics assets.

With total assets under management of €20.9 billion and 411 properties under management, Goodman is the largest industrial listed property group on the Australian Securities Exchange, and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers globally. Its market insight and dedicated local teams create sound investment opportunities and develop properties and environments that meet each client’s individual requirements.  

With more than 1,100 staff in 16 countries and 32 offices, Goodman has the global reach to meet customers’ needs as their businesses expand or evolve. In Europe, Goodman is present in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK. 

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