Law firm Gordons advises online electricals retailer AO

Gordons’ Sarah Ratcliffe

Law firm Gordons has advised online home electricals retailer AO on its new warehouse in Crewe, Cheshire, which will add 305,360 sq ft of new distribution space to the company’s logistics network.

Crewe 305 is the second warehouse constructed by logistics developer Panattoni at Crewe Commercial Park and the biggest consented in the area for over a decade.

The deal marks the second distribution facility secured in Crewe by the retail specialist law firm for AO following last June’s occupation of a 110,000 sq ft warehouse in the town by the retailer.

Founded in 2000 and with its UK head office in Bolton, AO has been a Gordons client since 2018. Gordons commercial property partner, Sarah Ratcliffe; commercial property solicitor, Sophie McFeeley; and construction solicitor, Dawn Walker, advised on all elements of the transaction.

Crewe 305 is the largest commercial property build of the year in the North West. AO Logistics has started to occupy the site at Crewe Commercial Park, building on its existing logistics hub with its three warehouses in the town.

It will house more than 200,000 appliances, with the increased stockholding capacity meaning that products will always be available when customers need them.

A spokesperson for AO Logistics said: “The rapid expansion of AO Logistics is really a testament to the hard work of our people and how much we’ve grown over the last 18 months. We can’t wait to see how this investment benefits our operation.”

Gordons has offices in Leeds and Bradford and employs 170 people. The firm’s other retail clients include B&M, Heron Foods, Iceland Foods, Morrisons, Ocado and Wren Kitchens.

Gordons’ Sarah Ratcliffe said: “Crewe 305 is in an excellent strategic location which will further enable AO to implement its impressive growth strategy. We are very pleased to have helped AO secure this high-quality logistics space.”

AO is continuing to invest heavily in its logistics network to support future growth. Over the last 18 months, the company has increased its warehousing capacity by over 80 per cent rapidly growing its distribution network and creating over 1,200 jobs across the business.

 

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