A UK “eTailer” of car-parts has taken a 31,000 sq ft base at Barnsley’s Goldthorpe Power Park as its first mainland site.
MicksGarage.com, which was founded in Ireland in 2004 and now supplies 5.6m product listings to more than 120 countries, has chosen Unit 2 at Goldthorpe Power Park as its first distribution centre in England, complementing its operations in Dublin and Krakow, Poland.
The Barnsley unit, seen as a key expansion move for MicksGarage.com, has been let on a five-year term by the Sheffield office of Knight Frank on behalf of m-seven with Wake Smith Solicitors undertaking the legal work for MicksGarage.com.
Rebecca Schofield, partner at Knight Frank, said: “MicksGarage.com chose Power Park at Goldthorpe primarily because of its ideal transport links and easy access to the M1, M18, A1 and M62 routes.
“We are witnessing a general shortage of this quality of industrial units in South Yorkshire, unparalleled motorway access places them in high demand for businesses looking to expand into the region.”
Further units of 7,700 – 32,000 sq ft at Goldthorpe Power Park are being marketed by Knight frank in partnership with Gent Visick and nearby occupiers include Kostal UK, Symmingtons and Portwest and an Aldi distribution centre.
Unit 2 at Goldthorpe Power Park is a modern, single-storey warehousing building with six ground-level access loading doors, located on the A635 Dearne Valley Parkway close to the M1, junction 36 and the A1(M) at junction 37.
Paul Gibbon, director at Wake Smith Solicitors, said: “The fact that one of the UK’s largest consumer-led car parts eTailers has chosen South Yorkshire as its UK mainland base is a huge coup for the region and recognises the exceptional transport links and strategic value of this area to the logistics industry.”
MicksGarage.com sells a wide range of car parts, motoring and leisure accessories to consumers for next day delivery via its highly successful online portal, winning a Gold Entrepreneurial Award at the 2015 Global eCommerce Summit in Barcelona.
Ciaran Crean, chief executive at MicksGarage.com, said: “The UK is our primary market, despite our strong overseas trade, and when we were looking for a strategically positioned mainland unit, South Yorkshire quickly became the best option.
“We see the Goldthorpe unit as a crucial milestone for the company, ten years after we took our first warehouse, and key to our expansion.”
Paul Mack, director at Gent Visick, said: “We are delighted to be appointed as joint agents on Goldthorpe Power Park alongside Knight Frank. The letting to MicksGarage.com adds market confidence to the site, which is extremely well positioned for warehousing and logistics requirements.”