Central Pennsylvania has gained 8 warehouses, each over 1 million square-feet, since 2010.
With today’s booming e-commerce market continuing to expand, the need for sufficient storage space to meet online consumer demands is at an all-time high. To keep pace with online consumer needs, retailers look towards extra-large storage warehouses exceeding 1 million square feet, also known as “Mega Warehouses.” These warehouses are a way to keep an edge over the competition. Between 2010 and 2017, 21 of these mega warehouses were constructed in the Philadelphia Submarket which includes Central PA.
As people continue to prefer ordering goods online with a click of a button or a tap via smartphone applications, over the traditional brick and mortar storefronts, the need for these mega warehouses continues to grow. Mega warehouses around the U.S. are strategically placed outside large metro areas allowing them to benefit from the abundance of space. By maintaining access to road, sea and rail transportation channels, mega warehouses do not sacrifice their ability to directly deliver goods to consumers in a timely manner.
Top 5 Largest Warehouses in Central PA Since 2010
# 1: At the top of the list is the warehouse occupied by Georgia Pacific. Located at 234 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, the property is 1,495,700 square-feet. CBRE Global Investors purchased this property from Prologis in 2015 for $83,000,000.
# 2: Unilever PLC, the company behind brands Dove, Lipton, Ben and Jerrys and many more, occupies 1,370,052 square-feet at 954 Centerville Road, Building 3, Newville. In 2013, this building was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
# 3: Developed by Hillwood and sold to GLP in 2016, this property is located at 1605 Bartlett Drive, Manchester. Starbucks occupies the entire 1,209,000 square-foot building.
# 4: The Urban Outfitters Distribution Center located at 766 Brackbill Rd, Gap, is 1,200,000 square-feet. Completed in 2015, this property is owned by Urban Outfitters.
# 5: The Nordstrom Fulfillment Center is located at 30 Distribution Dr., Elizabethtown. This 1,142,000 square-foot facility was constructed in 2015 and is located in a designated foreign trade zone (FTZ).
Right Here In Central PA, We Are The Hub Of All The Action!
Central Pennsylvania remains a premiere market for industrial space and it’s easy to see why. To businesses that rely upon the ease and affordability of shipping their products to make a living, Central Pennsylvania possesses four main components that drive the decision – a great roadway system, an abundant work force, relatively inexpensive and available raw land, and the ability to reach 70 to 80 percent of the U.S. population in 24 hours. Additionally, our government regulations on warehousing and distribution are comparatively easy and straightforward compared to other states or regions.
Currently, there is one mega warehouse under construction in Central PA. The Goodman Logistics Center located in Carlisle. The property is fully leased and will be occupied by Syncreon, a third-party logistics company, in early 2018. In addition, there are five proposed buildings in excess of 1 million square-feet.
Central Pennsylvania is well poised to harness the economic boost from the e-commerce boom. We have a unique opportunity to serve this industry that we can’t afford to miss!
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